South Canterbury’s favourite supermarket Waitrose will have removed all its disposable tea and coffee cups before the autumn.
The firm says the move is part of a war on waste which will bring an end to the use of 52 million cups at its cafes and self-service machines per year.
Meanwhile, as of this month members of the supermarket’s myWaitrose loyalty scheme can continue to get free hot drinks with their purchases.
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But they will have to bring their own reusable cup to rather than being offered a disposable cup when they go through the checkout. This will have come into effect by May 23 across all its stores
Nine of the company’s outlets will fully stop using disposable cups on April 30. This will then roll out to its other stores.
Spokesman James Armstrong said: “We are initially testing this in a number of stores to make sure the removal goes as smoothly as possible.
“We do not have a confirmed date for the removal of cups from Canterbury at this stage, but it will be before the autumn.”
Waitrose says that removing cups underlines a commitment to reducing its impact on the environment and use of plastics and packaging.
Tor Harris, head of sustainability and responsible sourcing at Waitrose, said: “We realise this is a major change, but we believe removing all takeaway disposable cups is the right thing to do for our business and are confident the majority of customers will support the environmental benefits.”
Canterbury City Council has also been looking at its use of plastic cups.
Leader Simon Cook told the meeting of the full council last night (Thursday): “This council has made great strides in reducing single use plastic.
“We are drinking out of reusable cups rather than plastic. We are showing the way to the rest of the district.”