Better to reuse than recycle

Nelson’s cafes and takeaway outlets are taking BYO to a new level by asking customers to bring their own mugs.

They are part of the city’s new Bring Your Own Container (BYOC) scheme aimed at reducing the mountain of waste dumped into the landfill each year.

The mugs will need to be washe, but the tiny amount of hot water and detergent needed for that ought to have a fraction of the impact on the environment that recycling does and will reduce the amount of single-use plastic and paper cups that get binned.

This is a very sensible green initiative – notwithstanding the opportunity for the health police to warn us of the dangers which lurk in mugs subjected to improper washing.

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