It’s a great day for the parish now that one Irish town has become the first town in the country to ban single-use coffee cups – Let’s spill the (coffee) beans.
Word on the street is that one County Kerry town is taking environmental matters into their own hands by implementing a new ban on single-use coffee cups, which was temporarily banned during the pandemic.
What is known as the Coffee Cup Project is due to take the country by storm, and to curb tonnes of waste and encourage reusability, the town will hopefully inspire others to follow suit. Here’s all you need to know.
Irish town bans single-use coffee cups − the first Irish town to do so
While the impacts of climate change can be seen around us, we are all wondering how we can do our part to save the planet, and this Irish town has done just that.
The simple act of banning single-use coffee cups will significantly impact the town and the planet, with 18,000 tonnes of waste estimated to be removed from the town every year.
The Killarney Coffee Cup Project has captured the attention of locals and visitors, sparking a sense of pride since it is the first Irish town to take on a project.
Killarney is world famous for the culture of its thriving town and nearby Killarney National Park, and it is apparent that they want to keep their surroundings pristine for locals who live there and the 1.1 million visitors per year.
Since single-use coffee cups were banned during the pandemic, voluntary park clean-up teams have noticed that the most common form of waste found was the dreaded coffee cup.
What’s in store − a groundbreaking initiative
Beginning on 31 July, participating coffee shops, hotels, and other businesses in Killarney will bid farewell to single-use coffee cups, embracing a reusable takeaway system instead.
It is estimated that 25 local independent coffee shops and 21 hotels have joined forces to protect their beloved town, and we are sure more will follow.
It doesn’t stop there; in addition to the already fantastic idea, the coffee shops have partnered with 2GoCup, allowing cupless customers to avail of a reusable coffee cup by paying a €2 deposit, which can then be returned to any of the 350 locations nationwide.
So, it is a win-win for both caffeine enthusiasts and the environment.
But there’s more − a project timed perfectly
As if this ambitious endeavour wasn’t impressive enough, the project coincides with the government’s introduction of the ‘Latte Levy’, which will see a 0.20c tax on single-use cups.
While this tax aims to discourage their use, introducing the reusable model in Killarney ensures that the price of takeaway coffee stays the same for customers.
With Killarney being the first Irish town to ban single-use coffee cups, we do not doubt that this is the beginning of a more significant movement which will sweep across the country. So, don’t forget your reusable cup next time you fancy a caffeine fix.
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