The compostable coffee cup and lid that will be introduced in all SuperValu and Centra stores from next September - it will be suitable for disposal in brown waste bins.

Millions of coffee cups a year could be diverted from Irish landfill following a decision by a major retailer to introduce compostable coffee cups in (...)

Chief executive Terry Fox holding a re-cyclable and a compostible cup at Cup Print, Ballymaley Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Eamon Ward

For many, the disposable coffee cup is the poster image for the waste scourge, used once, not recyclable, ending their short lives in landfill dumps, (...)

Java Republic  MD  Grace O’Shaughnessy: “As a nation we are going to fall short of our commitment to reducing waste and carbon emissions, according to the EU protocols, by a long shot, and that’s not acceptable.” Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

While the so-called “latte levy”, taxing non-compostable disposable coffee cups, is up for debate there are some social innovators and coffee houses a(...)