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Dispose of the Disposable Coffee Cup

Melbourne tram filled with 50,000 coffee cups - Image Credit: ABC's War On Waste © Claire Bell

Melbourne tram filled with 50,000 coffee cups - Image Credit: ABC's War On Waste

Date: 01-Mar-17
Author: Claire Bell

With a staggering 50,000 disposable coffee cup going into landfill in Australia every 30 minutes (yep every 30 minutes), it’s time to dispose of our disposable coffee addiction.

Next time you’re on the bus or the train to work, take a look around at your fellow passengers, how many have a disposable cup in their hands? Now multiply that by all the commuters on all the travel routes everyday across Australia. It begins to get a little mind-boggling.

As well as being resource intensive to produce these cups and their lids, they also present a range of disposal issues. It can be confusing for consumers to understand terms such as degradable, biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. And there are no standards in relation to the use of these terms. Recyclability of coffee cups is one of the most controversial issue in industry at the moment. So let’s be realistic, the vast majority of these cup are headed for landfill.

Kick the Habit

The best way to keep up your coffee addiction guilt free is to develop a re-usable cup habit or maybe take a moment to sit down in a café or at home and use an old fashioned mug.

Tag Another Addict and You Could Win

We want to help you kick the habit. All you need to do is go to one of our social media channels, tag a coffee addict friend or colleague. You’ll go into the running to win* a Planet Ark branded Keep Cup for yourself and for them.

* Winners will be announced on Friday 3rd March 2017 , they will be chosen at random by Planet Ark and must live in Australia. We will message them directly for name and address details.

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