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Disposable coffee cups

Find out how to reduce, recycle, compost and dispose of disposable coffee cups.


Why not buy yourself a reusable coffee cup instead? There are lots of different styles and sizes on offer.

Some businesses may even offer money off if you bring your own cup.


Why not ask in store if the coffee shop (Costa & Starbucks are two we have heard of) has any take back or other re-use or recycling options for their coffee cups. (If you learn of any take back or recycling schemes, then we love to hear about it, so we can promote them.)

You can recycle the cardboard sleeve and plastic lid:

Recycle as home compost

If the cup has a compostable symbol on it, you can compost it at home in your garden.


You cannot recycle non-compostable coffee cups due to the mix of materials in them.

You will need to put them in your household rubbish bin or in the non-recyclable container at any Suffolk Recycling Centre.