Our Cups

The secret to a delicious, piping hot cup of takeaway coffee is a great cup. At Costa we are proud of our iconic takeaway cups and are working really hard to ensure that more of them are being recycled.

We know you, our customers, are concerned. We are too. It’s a complex issue which requires the support of other coffee shops, manufacturers, waste companies, local authorities and customers. That’s why we’ve partnered with Sheffield University to help us further understand industry-wide issues and create solutions based on facts and research.

You might have also seen that we’ve been trialling a number of in-store recycling trials, customer awareness programmes and behind the scenes some waste disposal programmes. However, until we are satisfied that more of our takeaway cups are being recycled we have removed the recycling symbol from our cups...

As the first signatory of the Paper Cup Manifesto we’ve committed to working with others to help fund and drive action that will bring about long lasting change – read more about our commitment here.

Creating a litter free environment

We are encouraging our customers to get more from their daily cup of coffee, by donating 25p to litter charities across the UK every time they use a reusable cup in our stores (See Terms & Conditions) By supporting litter charities we are helping cut down on waste and create a better environment. Hear more about our work with Keep Britain Tidy in the video above. Don’t have a reusable cup? Pick up a Costa reusable cup in store today – all profits from the sale of the cup will be donated to the Costa Foundation to help build schools in coffee growing communities across the world.

Upcycle your cup

While we’re working to ensure more of our cups are recycled, why not first get creative with yours and up-cycle them for fun? Get inspired from the video above.