Is recyling cups a mug’s game?

coffee cup photoWhich is more environmentally friendly: paper cups that you recycle or ceramic cups that get washed up?

Most consumers reportedly believe that paper cups have a lower carbon footprint and less environmental impact.  In reality, only a very few recycling plants can handle any commercially produced paper cups, while the major high street coffee outlets use cups built from virgin paper infused with polythene that standard recycling procedures cannot separate.  As a result, high street coffee cups almost always end up incinerated or sent to landfill.

The University manages to recycle its takeaway cups and coffee grounds at City Herbs but if you are seriously going green you can reduce your carbon footprint even more by bringing in your own clean mug (remember that your cup must have lid if you are taking it outside the Café area in the Library!) and presenting it to be filled at any catering outlet.  You will even get money off your hot drink for your green efforts.  If you are short of a mug, University catering outlets even sell branded, lidded, thermal mugs for you to use and re-use.

Read more about the environmental impact of our throwaway society on the BBC News website.

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