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Recycle your disposable drinks cups in Swansea

Visitors to any of Swansea's five recycling sites can now take disposable paper cups to them for recycling.

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It follows increasing scrutiny on the impact of the disposal of the paper cups and calls in Government for the introduction of a 25p 'latte levy' being added to the cost of all drinks served in disposable cups.

It's estimated that 2.5 billion disposable cups are used every year with very few being recycled.

Swansea Council has organised collection of these cups from its recycling sites with The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK).

ACE UK is already responsible for coordinating the recycling of thousands of drinks cartons that are taken to the sites and will now add the disposable cups to its recycling service.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Services, said: "The statistics relating to the disposal of these cups is quite alarming. Most are ending up in landfill.

"Many councils, including ourselves, are unable to collect them at the kerbside with existing paper and card collections because of the way the disposable cups are manufactured. They are constructed of card with a thin plastic layer inside and this is where the difficulties lie.

"The new collection service at our recycling sites give residents the opportunity to further help the environment by disposing of these cups in a more sustainable way.

"When residents visit our recycling sites they can now bring along as many of these cups as they wish and we will make sure they are recycled instead of going to landfill."

Some high street businesses who offer hot drinks have already committed to offering discounts to the public if they bring a reusable mug with them to purchase a beverage.

In Swansea, the council has already implemented a strategy with its kerbside plastic collection by rolling out a reusable bag scheme and eliminating the need for single use sacks.

Cllr Thomas added: "Replacing single use items, whether it is cups for drinks or bags for putting recycling in is something we support. Our recent roll out of the reusable pink bag scheme is helping to eliminate a lot of plastic waste and means we are also able to reduce costs for the purchase of single use bags."

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