Edinburgh Airport recycling have launched a new initiative aiming to reduce waste on site at the Scottish airport.
Almost 3 million cups are sold each year from the hub, which if left side-by-side, would stretch all the way to Ireland!
Now, in an attempt to lower that, steps are being put in place to make Edinburgh greener.
The airport has teamed up with Costa Coffee and SWRnewstar to install ‘cup bins’ around the terminal to encourage passengers to recycle their coffee cups and other similar single use containers.
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar said: “The issue of single-use plastics and coffee cups and the problems they pose is something that has gathered momentum and it’s only right that we all play our part in reducing or controlling their use. Our retailers have already taken action to reduce the use of single plastics and encourage the use of reusable cups but where people can’t, we want to make it easy for them to dispose of them, in the knowledge they’ll be recycled and used again in different formats.”
Many of the retailers on-site already offer incentives for customers using reusable cups, however the new bins allow anyone who doesn’t choose to use this green-efficient method of recycling to still have their rubbish sorted. The cups will be taken directly to a specialist recycling facility where they can then be recycled into products such as writing paper and packaging.
Andy Butler from SWRnewstar said: “Whilst passengers want to be able to do the right thing it isn’t always possible for them to take a reusable cup when travelling. As such, engaging with them and providing the means for them to make a sustainable choice after finishing their drink is key. We are delighted to be working in conjunction with Costa on this initiative and for it to be the latest example of the ongoing environmental innovation that SWRnewstar have helped Edinburgh Airport deliver over the last eight years of our partnership.”
Oliver Rosevear, Head of Environment for Costa said: “Earlier this year Costa became the first UK coffee brand to commit to recycling the same the volume of coffee cups we put on to the market each year by 2020. Today’s announcement from Edinburgh Airport is a great example of how ‘closed environments’, such as airports, can help us achieve this ambitious goal by installing the right infrastructure and make it easier for passengers and customers to do the right thing and recycle their coffee cups. We’re delighted to be collaborating with the airport and SWRnewstar to help increase recycling rates and stop coffee cups ended up in landfill or the incinerator.”