Hoping to grind down the problem of disposable coffee cups

Project manager with Fermoy Tidy Towns, Paul Kavanagh (right), demonstrating how the new disposable cup and lid receptacle in Fermoy is to be used; also present outside M.J. Hanley's in Fermoy were, l-r: Cllr Noel McCarthy (chairman, Fermoy Tidy Towns), Fernando (Tidy Towns volunteer) and Dee McCarthy from The Heron Cafe. (Picture: John Ahern)

More recently, the disposable coffee cup has pushed its way to the top of the litter queue – it seems to be everywhere. 

Waste and dealing with waste isn’t a static problem. Depending on fashions and trends, some items come to the fore, e.g. plastic bottles, cigarette butts, chewing gum, nappies, fast food wrappers, beverage cans, etc.


A modified brown wheelie bin has taken up residence outside M.J. Hanley’s in Fermoy which has a letter box style opening at the top – the town’s first customised compostable coffee cup and lid receptacle.

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