Following the recent news about cup recycling at Network Rail stations, train operator London North Eastern Railway (LNER) have announced that they are also to introduce cup recycling stands at its managed stations.
The move will make it easier for their customers to recycle some of the 2.5 billion single-use cups which end up being thrown away each year in the UK.
New recycling processes means that the disposable cups which were once a challenge can now be successfully recycled.
Forge Recycling will be collecting the cups which have been collected in the new stands. The plastic liner will be removed from the paper cup. The paper is upcycled into new paper products. The plastic liner is burnt and the energy used in the paper recycling process.
The stands are now installed at York Railway Station. The next stations to receive them will be Doncaster and Wakefield Westgate.
Thomas Miles, Environmental Partnership Manager at LNER, said “At our larger stations we can see more than 2,000 disposable cups thrown away each day. As part of our commitment to being a responsible business, we’re pleased to introduce our new recycling stands, helping customers to recycle when travelling through our stations. More than ever before, people are focused on the impact they are having on the world around them so we hope that these new cup recycling stands will be a success.”
Sam Goodall, Operations Director at Forge Recycling, said: “Forge Recycling is excited to be working with LNER on the introduction of their new cup recycling scheme in stations across the route. With the added support we’ve received from Hubbub and Starbucks as part of The Cup Fund, we’re thrilled to be able to recycle more cups per year and to do our part in supporting LNER’s environmental goals.”
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