Recycling

We’re proud of our iconic takeaway cups, but we know we need to work harder to make it easier for our customers to recycle them.

As the UK’s largest coffee shop brand, we’re continuously working to drive change in the industry to ensure that more takeaway cups are disposed of and recycled, both inside and outside of our stores.

In 2016, we became the first coffee chain to turn our own stores into recycling points. By doing so, we encouraged customers to recycle any disposable takeaway cup via one of our 2,600+ stores up and down the country. And we’re not precious about the brand of disposable cup you bring to us either. Even if it’s not a Costa Coffee branded cup, we’ll take care of it and ensure it's recycled. 

Not satisfied with stopping there, just two years later, we made a bold and ambitious commitment – to become the first coffee chain in the UK to recycle as many takeaway cups as we sell by 2020

Around 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away each year in the UK

For us to achieve our pledge, we’ve joined forces with Valpak, an independent waste management service company.

By paying waste collectors for every tonne of cups collected, we help fund the right infrastructure and processes to collect and recycle cups, meaning fewer end up in landfill.

Within its first six months, the scheme recycled over 41 million cups and we are seeing an increase in the number of places people can recycle their takeaway cups, including offices, shopping centres, universities, transport hubs, and local councils, significantly increasing recycling rates as a result and meaning we’re well on our way to achieving our 2020 target!

We’ve saved 8 million plastic takeaway cups from being used in our stores by introducing glassware in summer 2018

Reusable cups

Why throw away what you can keep?

By opting to use a reusable coffee cup instead of a disposable one, we'll offer a 25p discount* on any handcrafted drink in-store.

So, as well as saving the planet, using a reusable cup could also help save your bank account too!

You can pick up one of our own Costa Coffee reusable cups in any one of our stores across the country.

Clever cups

In November 2018, we partnered with Barclaycard and launched the UK’s first ‘Clever Cup’ – a reusable coffee cup with integrated contactless payment technology.

Our ‘Clever Cups’ turn your Costa reusable cup into a fast and easy way to pay for your coffee and can be used wherever the contactless symbol can be seen, not just in our stores!

So, even when you’re having one of those days, you can always count on your cup to be clever.

Coffee pods

Not only do we recycle takeaway cups in store, but we also recycle Costa Coffee Pods!

Whether you enjoy our Nespresso or Dolce Gusto compatible pods, pick up a recycling bag in one of our participating stores, simply fill it up with your used pods and then return it to us.

We’ll do the rest and send them off to be recycled.

 

Whilst we’re busy recycling millions of cups and launching new reusable cups we’re also looking at how we can further innovate our current cup to be as environmentally friendly as possible – both in its design, the material used and how it breaks down once it has been disposed of. Watch this space. 

What's next?

Interested in finding out what initiatives we’ve put into place to tackle waste? Click the link below to learn more.

 

*25p discount terms and conditions