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Recyclable vs. Compostable

Compostable cups offer a green alternative to environmentally damaging non-recyclable disposables

NCASS join forces with Biopac

As the only Trade Association for Event and Street Food based caterers in the UK and comprising 4000+ members, NCASS are wholly committed to minimising the catering industry’s ecological footprint. Our position as a key influencer within the industry is not a responsibility we take lightly and as such we have recently teamed up with Biopac in a joint endeavour to increase sustainable practices throughout the industry and beyond.

Hugh's War on Waste


The British public were recently alerted to an issue which has been of concern to the environmentally conscious amongst us for some time: standard, disposable coffee cups - millions of which are used each day, are not in fact recyclable. King of sustainability, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recently brought the issue to light in his programme ‘Hugh’s War on Waste’ in which he pointed out that the majority of take-away coffee cups are coated with plastic, thereby impeding their ability to be recycled. This has both confused and frustrated customers, many of whom have been putting their cups in the recycling bin, only to discover that less than 1% of these are recycled, with an estimated 2.5 billion cups ending up on landfill sites each year in the UK.

Compostable: An eco-friendly alternative

Back in 2002, Biopac responded with fervour to consumer demand for a green alternative to these ecologically damaging take-away coffee cups and were the first company to introduce compostable cups to the market in the UK.  Their increasingly recognisable eco-friendly cups are created with a plant starch lining, as opposed to a petrochemical one which means that Biopac’s cups can be composted within 3 months, unlike the plastic-coated ones which will invariably end up in landfill. What’s more, Biopac produce a compostable alternative to the plastic lid, which is also made from a plant starch material.


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