Wybone introduce Cup Recycling Unit

January 12, 2017

We’ve introduced a Cup Recycling Unit to our vast range of products and we want to tell you all about it!

The new unit – inspired by the recent revelation that only 1 in 400 coffee cups are recycled in the UK – has the capacity to collect up to 430 large takeaway cups. A central tube within the bin can be used for the collection of lids and a separate tube at the front of the unit collects liquids to ensure waste segregation.

Chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been publicly advocating for the recycling of coffee cups after it was revealed that an estimated 2.5 billion paper cups are being thrown away in the UK each year. The shocking statistics were shared on 14 March, when the TV presenter took his ‘coffee cup battle bus’ to the streets of London to tell the public about the challenges we face with recycling. Almost 5,000 coffee cups are thrown away each minute; that’s over 7 million per day!

Hugh called on all of the major coffee companies in the UK, as well as a number of independent coffee retailers and officially started his war on coffee cup waste.

Speaking about his concerns over cup recycling, Hugh said, “the truth is, they are barely recyclable at all – in the everyday, commonly understood sense of the word. They cannot be recycled through any of the normal public waste collection services – who are consistently diverting them to be incinerated or sent to landfill.”

There is, however, a company using a specialist facility in Cumbria called Simply Cups that recycles a small number of cups from a few companies – including some from Costa and McDonalds. “I’ve been in touch with Simply Cups,” says Hugh, “and the total they handle is still less than 6 million a year – less than ¼ of one per cent of the cups we throw away.”

At Wybone, we’re passionate about recycling and we believe that by providing organisations with adequate and innovative recycling units, we can help to improve on the poor state of cup recycling across the UK.

The Cup Recycling Unit is manufactured from durable galvanised steel and can be powder coated in any colour. The bin features a vacuum formed plastic lid that directs cups down 6 inner tubes. The tubes force the cups to stack, ensuring maximum capacity can be collected whilst also reducing the need for regular emptying. This stacking can reduce the volume of the cups and increase space efficiency by up to 75%!

The internal tubes are open ended so that when the lid is lifted, the waste can fall into the waiting bag and be easily emptied by staff. The container is completely watertight and a liquid collection tube allows any left over drinks to be disposed of conveniently.

Are you recycling takeaway cups in your organisation? Why not give us a call and talk to us about your requirements or ask to see a sample? Call us on 01226 744010 or email

Cup Recycling Unit