New project launched in Stirling to ditch disposable cups

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Transition Stirling has announced the launch of Ditching Disposables Stirling in order to tackle single-use disposable cup waste in Stirling.

The Ditching Disposables project, set to launch on April 5, is funded by Zero Waste Scotland to support cafes in Stirling to reduce the consumption of disposable, single-use cups and lids.

The project is an effort to tackle the 200 million single-use disposable cups that are used in Scotland each year.

Zero Waste Scotland estimates that every year in Scotland, single-use disposable cups generate around 4,000 tonnes of waste.

The Ditching Disposables initiative was originally launched back in 2021 and was trialled across multiple businesses.

After 12 months, the initiative identified six steps that businesses can take to slash single-use waste which included switching to reusable drink cups and introducing a leasing scheme so regular customers can borrow a reusable takeaway coffee cup for a deposit.

For a deposit of £1, customers from 14 cafes around Stirling can borrow a reusable cup and return it to any participating cafe to receive their deposit back.

Image Credit: Transition Stirling

Alternatively, avid users can either reuse the same cup or switch it for a clean one when purchasing another drink from one of the 14 cafes currently participating.

All returned reusable cups will be washed by the cafes in an industrial dishwasher to 50 degrees to be ready to be used by another customer.

Independent cafes have signed up to help tackle single-use waste by replacing their disposable cups with reusable ones. The list of cafes includes Darnley Coffee House, Unorthodox Roasters and Nooch Bar and Kitchen.

Find participating cafes here:

Featured Image Credit: Transition Stirling

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