Sustainability Director, Andy Spencer, was inspired by the BBC1 programme ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’ which explained how paper cups used by coffee chains cannot be recycled due to the plastic lining contained within them and also how the cups are all made from primary material.
Andy said: “We use this type of paper cup in some of our offices costing both money and environmental impact. They are at least 5p each to buy and then we have to pay to dispose of them. Raw materials are used but they can’t be recycled.
"So in Rugby we’ve stopped using paper cups and moved to washable mugs, taking responsibility for washing up and keeping tidy. This will save the business money, help our sustainability footprint and the environment."
If you didn’t see it, Hugh’s War On Waste is available on catch up and also a BBC news article can be found on the following link: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36882799