A supermarket’s decision to stop providing disposable coffee cups is “excellent news” for the local environment – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.
Waitrose have today announced their #KeepYourCup initiative – where they will remove all takeaway cups from their stores – including in Cardiff, Barry and Cowbridge – by the autumn.
The company – famed for offering complimentary hot drinks to shoppers when visiting the store – will continue to run the scheme – but customers will be required to bring a reusable cup with them.
The move is set to save an estimated 52 million cups a year.
The announcement follows the news the UK Government are set to introduce a plastic bottle deposit return scheme in England – which has led to calls for a similar scheme to operate in Wales.
Mr Davies – who recently visited Waitrose to meet with branch manager Peter Falcini and director of agriculture Paul Walker – welcomed the decision.
He described it as an example he hoped other coffee shops and retailers would follow.
Mr Davies said, “We all know the damage disposable cups and bottles cause to our environment – and it’s vital we take action to reduce waste.
“Waitrose’s decision today is one to be welcomed – and will see all takeaway cups removed from their stores in Cardiff, Barry and Cowbridge in a few months’ time.
“I certainly hope other companies follow – and it will become the norm to #KeepYourCup.
“Across Cardiff, the Vale and RCT – litter and rubbish blights our communities – and we must do more to tackle the problem.
“The UK Government have introduced a deposit return scheme in England – and the Welsh Labour Government must bring one in here so it operates UK-wide.”
[Picture: South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies on a recent visit to Waitrose – who have today announced their #KeepYourCup initiative]