Starbucks launched a £1 million ($1.3 million) fund on Thursday to kick start recycling programs across the U.K. for paper coffee cups.
Launched in partnership with environmental charity Hubbub, “The Cup Fund” will support at least 10 large-scale recycling initiatives.
The fund is open to applications from a range of organizations including local authorities, recycling companies and property owners.
Starbucks introduced a 5 pence charge on paper cups in the U.K. last year in an effort to encourage the uptake of reusable cups. All proceeds are donated to Hubbub to carry out environmental projects.
The company also offers in-store cup recycling in 350 locations across Britain.
Starbucks in the UK have begun a program to recycle cups that were previously not able to recycle due to lining used in paper cups to keep hot beverages from leaking. As one of the leading companies in the carry out coffee market, this could be an important trend setting example for competitors to follow to cut down on waste worldwide.
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