Gala Retail to replace all single-use branded takeaway cups with new recyclable cups and lids.
Customers will be able to dispose of the new cups in domestic brown bins and it is thought that the switch to these recyclable cups could prevent hundreds of thousands of non-recyclable coffee cups from being disposed of at landfill sites. The recyclable cup is available in 12oz and 16oz and comes in four different designs
Speaking about the decision to switch to recyclable cups, marketing and trading manager of Gala Retail, Tony Cluskey said: “Gala is a responsible company and as consumers are calling for greater efforts by both government and big businesses in terms of sustainability, we felt that it was our duty to ensure our new coffee cups are recyclable. We have been working very closely with our Irish supplier and Irish manufacturer to deliver these recyclable options.
“In addition to recyclable cups, we looked at other areas where Gala stores could make changes to meet the growing public demand for sustainable packaging solutions and consequently we have introduced recyclable packaging for the ‘street boxes’ and cutlery for our most recent concept, New Street Deli.”
It is hoped that the introduction of recyclable take-away cups and food packaging in Gala stores across the country which is being phased in, will positively contribute to a reduction in the volume of packaging going to landfill annually in Ireland.