A NEW service has been launched for people giving them the ability to recycle coffee cups.

Test Valley Borough Council, in partnership with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), is launching a new recycling service for plastic-lined paper cups.

Residents are now able to recycle their used cups alongside food and drink cartons at specialist banks located at five of the borough’s Local Recycling Centres including in Tesco Extra and George Yard car park in Andover.

The banks will accept paper cups which are used for hot drinks such as tea and coffee in high street coffee shops, fast food outlets and supermarkets.

The new service is the result of an agreement between ACE UK, which operates the dedicated food and drink carton recycling service available in the borough, and high street retailers and cup manufacturers.

Environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “With the growing use of paper cups we were keen to find a way to capture them for recycling. The residents of Test Valley have always responded well to the different recycling schemes we’ve implemented, and we hope that they will take full advantage of this new service.”

For more information on recycling in Test Valley, including a list of all the specialist carton and cup recycling banks go to testvalley.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or phone 01264 368000.