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Glasgow retailers support Cup Movement to tackle single-use waste

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The Cup Movement initiative which was first introduced in January has now came to two of Glasgow’s biggest retail outlets to allow for single-use cups to be recycled and maintain a greener society.

Buchanan Galleries and Glasgow Fort have confirmed last week they are now supporting the Cup Movement initiative, which aims to stop the use of single-use cups ending up in landfill or littering the streets. 

The movement was first launched in January to tackle the rising issue by charity ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ which aims to keep the country clean, green and more sustainable. 

Keep Glasgow Beautiful are calling for cup recycling to be made more accessible

This comes after escalating concerns across Scotland for the impacts that single-use items have on the environment, as we have recently seen, the Government proposed a nationwide ban on plastic straws. 

The recycling service proposed in both retail outlets will mean recycling points will be established that will turn the cups into second-life materials. 

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment said: 

“It’s fantastic to see two leading Glasgow retail operators standing up and taking positive action on the issue of single-use cups. A number of retailers are already supporting Cup Movement in Glasgow and I hope that many other businesses will follow their example.” 

Centre Director at Glasgow Fort, Phil Goodman, added: 

“With almost 100 outlets, Glasgow Fort welcomes more than 40,000 visitors every day. This is an opportunity to make a big impact, both by engaging more people to make more sustainable choices and by providing an effective solution that will significantly reduce our own waste footprint. Involvement in Cup Movement forms part of our centre’s wider sustainability goals and we are delighted to be playing our part and supporting Glasgow and Keep Scotland Beautiful in this mission.” 

The Fort shopping centre in Glasgow is also taking part in the Initiative

This project will be the largest sustained cup waste reduction initiative in Scotland, and a successful outcome could see the plan rolled out to other major UK cities. 

Chief Executive officer of Keep Scotland Beautiful, Derek Robertson said: 

“We look forward to working with both of the centres, alongside our other partners, to deliver transformational change across the city.” 


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Tasha as a student journalist has gained great knowledge and skills over the past year, especially the experience of working on the Daily Record news desk when she produced a double page spread which made print. She hopes to continue her passion in news writing and explore into emerging digital platforms.

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