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Cork City becomes first Irish council to stop using disposable cups

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CORK, Ireland – Cork City Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to stop supplying single use disposable tea and coffee cups in their offices, reports The Irish Times.

From next week staff will be encouraged to use reusable cups. Council workers are being asked to switch to reusable environmentally friendly “keep” cups.

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The cups will be supplied free of charge to employees. The announcement comes amid a public movement away from disposable plastic.

A number of coffee shops around the country already offer discounts to customers who bring their own takeaway cups.

The latest Eurostat figures show that Ireland is the top producer of plastic waste in the European Union, producing 61kg of disposable plastic per person, per year.