Many coffee cups have a layer of plastic inside the cardboard. This makes it difficult to tell which coffee cups can be recycled and most people end up confused.
The best thing people can do to avoid this waste is to utilise a reusable cup.
It is estimated that a billion coffee cups are sold in Australia each year1 and most of these end up in landfill. Takeaway coffees are usually consumed in public places and so cups are often disposed of in general waste bins or sadly some end up as litter. Nearly 23% of all litter in NSW consisted of take away food and beverage containers in 2015.2
In the Canberra region, paper and cardboard based coffee cups are accepted by our Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).
Avoid waste by:
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1 ABC.net.au “Takeaway coffee cups piling up in landfill as Australia's caffeine habit soars” by Sarah Whyte Updated 24 Oct 2016.
2 National Litter Index Keep Australia Beautiful 2014-2015.