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COSTA COFFEE SUPPORT THE GREAT BRITISH SPRING CLEAN FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Press release   •   Feb 28, 2019 11:30 GMT

Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee shop brand, is once again joining forces with Keep Britain Tidy throughout March and April in support of the Great British Spring Clean.

As well as store teams hosting litter pick events across the country, Costa Coffee wants to encourage more people to recycle their used takeaway cups at any of their 2,600 plus UK stores.

This will be the fourth year running that Costa Coffee has supported the Great British Spring Clean campaign. Over 250 litter pick events were hosted by team members last year during the 2018 #GBSpringClean.

Costa Coffee are also delighted with the Great British Spring Clean’s campaign message this year, which encourages people to both collect litter, and recycle it wherever possible. #LitterHeroes who collect takeaway cups during their litter pick will be encouraged to take them into any Costa Coffee store, where they will be recycled as part of the brand’s nationwide cup recycling programme.

As a supporter of Keep Britain Tidy and the Great British Spring Clean, Costa Coffee hopes to help inspire 500,000 people to join forces to collect and safely dispose of litter from their doorsteps, recycling as much as they can.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for all those of us who care about the environment – both on our doorstep and beyond – to do something and be part of the country’s biggest environmental action campaign.

“This campaign would not be possible without the support of our partners, like Costa, and we are delighted that, as part of this year’s campaign, they are encouraging all our #LitterHeroes to take any coffee cups they pick up back to the stores for recycling.”

Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean once again this year, as part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment and to making a positive difference in our local communities. We are proud of the contribution our store teams made to the 2018 campaign and hope to see many of our stores hosting local litter picks again this year.

The Spring Clean is also a fantastic way for the nation’s army of #LitterHeroes to help even more takeaway cups enter the recycling process. Our industry-leading cup recycling scheme has an ambitious target to recycle 100 million cups by April 2019 and 500 million a year by 2020. Each of our stores acts as a recycling point, giving coffee lovers and #LitterHeroes across the UK the opportunity to dispose of takeaway cups, no matter their brand, in a responsible way.”

The Great British Spring Clean will run from 22nd March – 23rd April 2019.

For more information, to register, to find out what events are happening or to set your own up clean-up visit https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

Costa Coffee was founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971.

*With over 2,380 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 in 31 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland" by Allegra Strategies for eight years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 72 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.