British designer shopping outlet Gunwharf Quays has partnered with food packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki to work on paper coffee cup recycling in Portsmouth.

Gunwharf is offering ‘purpose-fitted’ bins across the centre to recycle their coffee cups. It will then remove the cups from the general waste stream and will recycle into new paper products.

Gunwharf Quays general manager Colin Wilding said: “Sustainability and recycling are very much close to our hearts here at Gunwharf – we have our own onsite recycling centre and we have one of the largest arrays of solar panels on a shopping centre in Europe.

“We are delighted to be leading the way in the city. The partnership with Huhtamaki and Simply Cups is a fantastic way to reduce the volume of waste we produce, demonstrating our commitment to providing a sustainable shopping experience.”

“We are looking forward to working with Gunwharf Quays contributing towards increased recycling rates of paper cups for years to come.”

Gunwharf Quays in collaboration with the City of Portsmouth launched the scheme on 18 October.

Huhtamaki Gosport general manager Keith Crossley said: “We are very excited to launch this scheme for Gunwharf Quays, the first of its kind in Portsmouth.

“We piloted the scheme in Gosport as the first in the UK with fantastic results and we are looking forward to working with Gunwharf Quays contributing towards increased recycling rates of paper cups for years to come.”

With a base in Gosport, UK, Huhtamaki offers packaging solutions for food and drink manufacturers.