A YEAR ago Thomas Wylam won a Dragon’s Den style business contest with his cup recycling plan.
Over the past 12-months the Princes Risborough Upper School pupil has been developing his idea with mentors from local businesses.
Now the recycling scheme Cupcycl, which provides the infrastructure to allow people to drop disposable drink cups in collection-points, so they can be recycled into new products, is to be rolled out in Thame.
Thomas said disposable cups have a special wax coating to waterproof them so cannot be easily recycled and take decades to rot in landfill.
By collecting the cups at collection-points they can be recycled and made into something else.
Thomas said: “Thame’s Young Entrepreneur Competition gave me the opportunity to take an idea and run with it.
“It’s fantastic to have gone through this process and get to where I am now, with a project that brings something unique to the local area.
“This helped me develop my scheme so that I could exhibit at Thame Food Festival, where I recycled the cups of over 1,200 visitors to my stand.
“I’m delighted with the interest I’ve had from other local event organisers, who may run this scheme at their events.”
Last year’s contest was organised as part of Small Business Saturday.
Young entrepreneurs aged under 30, who had a business idea they wanted to develop were urged to enter the competition to win £500 cash plus business mentoring.