Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cup made of?

The cup is made from 100% polypropylene but it is designed to be used hundreds of times – so it’s not single use – in fact, it is using plastic in the right way – it lasts forever so we should reuse it forever. At the end of its life, the cup is fully recyclable.

What’s wrong with biodegradable or compostable cups?

Compostable cups, although they are plastic free,  they are still single use: they still get used for an average of 15 minutes before they are thrown away. People think they will just rot down – but in fact they need to be sent to a specialised in-vessel composting facility. The reality is that cups thrown away in the town bins all end up in the incinerator just like everything else. That’s why the only no-waste solution is to avoid a single use cup and go for REUSABLE

Will it keep my coffee hot?

The cup is insulated so your hands are safe- but it is not a thermos cup. However, it keeps your drink hot in the same way that a single use paper cup does.

Where does the cup come from?

It is manufactured in the UK and is British designed.

What happens when it breaks?

The cup is robust and designed to last for hundreds of uses but, if it breaks it just goes in your plastics recycling at home or you can drop it off at a cafe to be recycled. Deposits are not returned if the cup is broken.

How does the deposit system work?

You pay £1 deposit when you choose a Shrewsbury Cup for your take out drink and you can get your £1 back when you return your cup to any participating cafe.

As long as the cup isn’t damaged you will be able to get your £1 back by returning the cup to any participating cafes. Don’t worry if the cup is dirty, as long as we can wash it and reuse it you’ll get your £1 back.

Which cafes have signed up to use the Shrewsbury Cup?

Discover the map of cafes here.

What happens to the lid?

The café will provide a lid if the customer would like one – it will be compostable or plastic. Compostable lids can go in your green bin at home and plastic lids can go in your plastic/cans and glass recycling.

Which cup system is the most environmentally friendly?

When you compare the carbon footprint of the Shrewsbury Cup with that of single-use paper cups – the results speak for themselves. If you choose a reusable cup 7 times instead of 7 paper cups – you will use 41% less carbon. If you use a reusable cup every day for 6 months instead of 182 single-use cups – then you save 95% of the carbon.

What happens at the end of the life of these cups? Creating new plastic products cannot be better than using something biodegradable.

Plastic lasts forever – this product is using plastic in the right way, it is designed to be used hundreds and hundreds of times. The cup is made from polypropylene and if it’s damaged, it is fully recyclable.

At present the number of single-use paper cups used in Shrewsbury is approximately 150,000 per year, these all go into the incinerator.

There is no route for customers to recycle their paper cup in Shrewsbury. Dirty paper cups cannot be recycled with your cardboard, they will be rejected and if you put in them in with your cardboard you are contaminating that stream and making it more likely that the whole batch is rejected.

The process for separating and then recycling compostable cups is too expensive and laborious, therefore compostable cups still go to the incinerator.

What is the carbon footprint of these cups?

A reusable cup made from polypropylene and manufactured in the UK has a lower environmental impact than single-use paper cups after just 3 uses. After 7 uses the environmental impact is 41% less, after 182 uses (6 months) the impact is 95% less.