Keighley firm’s coffee cup recycling innovation

NEW BOSS: Kenton Robbins, who took over as managing director of PFF last year, hopes to increase turnover to �50m. PIC: Tony Johnson
NEW BOSS: Kenton Robbins, who took over as managing director of PFF last year, hopes to increase turnover to �50m. PIC: Tony Johnson
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A packaging company is looking to change the way disposable cups are manufactured, as coffee chains come under pressure to adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

A report by MPs last week called for a tax on disposable coffee cups in a bid to crack down on waste. Coffee shops could face a 25p ‘latte levy’ unless recycling improves.

Keighley-based PFF, however, is currently working on a solution that would improve the recyclability of disposable coffee cups.

Kenton Robbins, managing director of PFF, says that there is “absolutely” more that can be done to improve recyclability in the industry.

“We do supply coffee chains at the moment but not with paper cups,” he said.

The firm makes plastic lids, which it says “is the only bit that is recyclable” in the majority of disposable coffee cups.

Mr Robbins said: “When plastics are used correctly they’re incredibly recyclable, 80 per cent of all our product is recycled.”

The UK throws away 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year.

Mr Robbins said: “It is a major issue but we think we have a solution that we are working on at the moment.”

He remained tight-lipped on the technical details of the disposable cup that they’re working on but is confident of revealing a product in the near future.

“We’re pretty sure that within the next two to three months we’ll have a solution in the marketplace,” he said.