Original article from Kent Live
Coffee chain Costa has been accused of encouraging litter louts by failing to clear up outside their shop on Westerham’s historic green.
The takeaway giant’s branded cups were found spilling out of litter bins over the Easter weekend, prompting people in the town to slam the company’s lack of action as “disgusting”.
Former publican Alan Shorey, 66, said other cafes and pubs in Westerham regularly picked up litter near their takeaway outlets but Costa failed to do so.
He called on the chain to provide more recycling bins alongside the shop – a popular stop for cyclists touring nearby lanes and roads.
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“It seems to me Costa has made a killing during this pandemic. Good luck to them, it’s good that there is some life on the green. But would it be too much to ask that they send a staff member out there to help clear the bloody mess their ugly coffee cartons make?” he asked.
“If it was mine I would be embarrassed if my customers made such a mess. I would not have left it like that.”
Granddad of four Mr Shorey, of Canville Rise, said he was so angered by the mess he took photos on Sunday morning but the rubbish spilling out of the bins increased during the day.
“This photo was taken before 8am on Easter Sunday. By 8am there was a queue of our Lycra-clad friends getting ready to make even more mess,” he added.
Mr Shorey said Costa, the country’s biggest coffee chain, needs to put in more resources to ensure the community it serves is protected from litter.
But a spokesman for Costa said staff at the Westerham store did pick up the litter and the company took the environment “extremely seriously”.
She added: “It is always disappointing when we see our packaging littered and we have spoken to the local council previously about the waste bin outside our store and have added our own additional bin to the front of the store to help assist with the litter.
“Our team members from the Westerham store do take part in regular litter picks to remove litter and help keep the local area to the store clean.
“Nationally, we are working hard to reduce our packaging, encouraging customers to use reusable cups and get 25p off, and offering free water refills to help reduce the use of plastic bottles.
“Across all 2,800 Costa Coffee stores we also offer in-store recycling for coffee cups, which can be left or returned to stores, regardless of brand.”