Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff has launched a new initiative to encourage all staff, patients and visitors to ditch single-use coffee cups in a bid to reduce waste.

A range of ‘Eco to go’ rice husk cups are now available in the Centre’s Dining Room. Customers benefit from a 10p discount on every hot drink purchased when using a reusable cup. China crockery has also been reintroduced as part of a wider drive to improve sustainability.

Recent figures revealed that more than 36 million cups had been bought by Welsh Health Boards since 2013. Only last year, Velindre purchased 70,000 plastic-lined cups. Placed end-to-end, these would stretch to the summit of Pen y Fan seven times over.

Lisa Miller, Director of Operations at Velindre Cancer Care said:

We are delighted to be launching the Eco to go range in our bid to reduce the use of plastic within the Cancer Centre. We are committed to reducing our use of plastics and will introduce other measures during the coming months.

Lynn Johnson, Managing Director of Eco to go said:

Our cups are made from rice husk which is agricultural waste, usually burnt or sent to landfill. Cups are 100% natural, reusable 100’s of times and at end of life can be buried in compost turning in to fertiliser.

Velindre has worked closely with charity Keep Wales Tidy in the development of all its environmental activities. Louise Tambini, Operations Director for Keep Wales Tidy is now urging others to follow Velindre’s lead:

We’re delighted that Velindre Cancer Centre is making a positive difference to our environment by introducing reusable cups. The hospital is leading the way when it comes to tackling the unnecessary use of disposable plastics. We hope it will inspire other hospitals and health boards in Wales to take action.

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