Pret rolls out recycling scheme nationwide

Pret has expanded its coffee cup recycling scheme to over 350 stores following a successful trial in major UK cities.

Almost 90% of Pret shops nationwide are now equipped with recycling points positioned on the shop floor that can accept single-use coffee cups for recycling.

The scheme, which was first piloted in London, Leeds and Glasgow, is open both to Pret customers and to passers-by who wish to recycle non-Pret branded products.

The food-to-go chain said it was working with waste management companies to ensure the cups are collected, processed and recycled into products including stationery and other packaging products.

In addition to its own scheme, Pret is also part of the Valpak scheme where brands pay a supplement to waste contractors for every tonne of cups collected.

“We are absolutely committed to improving recycling rates of our coffee cups and we want it to be as easy as possible for customers – and those passing our shops – to get involved,” said Pret’s director of strategy and sustainability, Laura Gutowski. “That’s why we have put our recycling points on the shop floor, rather than hidden away behind the counter, and why we’ll happily accept any high street coffee cups, not just those from Pret.”

Last year, Pret trialled a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles in 14 shops across Brighton, Birmingham and Bristol, however the scheme has since been discontinued due to low returns.

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