Waitrose to stop using disposable coffee cups

16th Apr 2018

Waitrose is to stop using disposable coffee cups in its stores nationwide. The supermarket says this will save 52 million cups a year.

The company plans on removing all plastic cups from its stores by the autumn of this year. By the end of April, it plans to scrap the use of disposable cups from nine stores across the country, including stores in Ipswich, Newmarket and Upminster.

Customers who are members of the Waitrose loyalty scheme will still be able to get free coffee from the self-service machines in stores as long as they have a reusable cup with them.

Waitrose has made the decision to scrap plastic cups as part of its commitment to plastic and packaging reduction.

In the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI), Waitrose tops the food retail sector with a score of 84.2. This is higher than the sector average (81.3) and the UK all-sector average of 78.1. 

The decision comes at a time when the government is considering a "latte levy". If implemented, this would mean customers would have to pay a 25p tax in an attempt to improve the UK’s recycling facilities.

Around 2.5 billion coffee cups are thrown away each year in the UK and almost none are recycled due to their plastic lining.

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