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Costa Coffee, McDonald’s and Roadchef collaborate on UK cup recycling

The UK coffee chain and the US fast food giant are working with Roadchef to place coffee cup recycling points in their stores located at Roadchef’s 30 motorway sites

Costa Coffee said that the Roadchef findings will enable the chain to enhance recycling across the country | Photo credit: National Cup Recycling Scheme


Costa Coffee and McDonald’s UK have initiated a recycling partnership to introduce 65 coffee cup recycling bins in their stores across motorway service station operator Roadchef’s 30 UK locations. 

The recycling points, located at half of Costa Coffee’s total service station presence, will encourage consumers to separate cups, lids and leftover drinks, with the cups returned to Costa Coffee’s stores before being sent to specialist recycling facilities. 

Costa Coffee provides cup recycling points at all its 2,800 UK stores and has previously introduced in-store collection points at outlets outside of service stations.  

Laurence Webb, Sustainability Lead at Costa Coffee, said that the findings from the Roadchef partnership will enable the chain to enhance recycling across the country and lead to future work with other leading brands. 

“This exciting project helps us deliver on both aims and we’re looking forward to seeing how consumers respond so we can further optimise and boost recycling across the country,” he said. 

The initiative continues Costa Coffee’s ongoing efforts to improve the sustainability of its cups and packaging. In 2018, Costa Coffee launched a major sustainability initiative to recycle 500 million takeaway coffee cups by 2020. The campaign was supported by McDonald’s, as well as Caffè Nero, Greggs, Pret A Manger and Lavazza Professional. 

McDonald’s already has over 1,100 recycling units across its UK estate where customers can recycle cups from any brand.  

“We are committed to making it even easier for on-the-go consumers to give their cups a second life, and this is the next step on that journey,” said Helen McFarlane, Senior Sustainability Consultant, McDonald’s UK. 

Roadchef was the first operator to introduce Costa Coffee to its motorway services in April 2000. Costa Coffee currently operates at 61 motorway service stations across the UK. 

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