Coffee Cup Recycling
Posted on 13 January by Cairns Central
Now In Centre
To help combat this growing waste problem, Cairns Central has partnered with Closed Loop, to recycle disposable cups.
As part of Closed Loop’s Simply Cups Program, Cairns Central is introducing coffee cup shaped recycling bins throughout the centre to encourage customers to recycle.
With more than one billion disposable coffee cups used each year in Australia, the cups are estimated to be the second-largest contributor to litter waste, after plastic bottles. The plastic cup linings take over 50 years to break down, and when disposed of incorrectly in a comingled or paper recycling bin, the entire bin contents are considered contaminated and sent to landfill.
We have introduced two dedicated Coffee Cup Recycling Bins located in the Food Court and near Coles for our Retailers and Customers to support this war on waste and help make a positive difference to the environment.
Since the Simply Cups recycling program began in April 2017, over 9 million cups have been diverted from landfill Nationally with this tally growing on a daily basis. Instead, Simply Cups have worked with innovators to transform the disposable cups into new products, including building materials, garden beds, bench seats and kerbing with more exciting product ranges to be announced in the coming months.
We look forward to sharing updates with you on this initiative in the future