Paper cup recycling

Recyclable or not?

Unfortunately, there is not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer. There is a lot of confusion in this area from industry and the consumer alike. Planet Ark talks about the issues succinctly here. Cups have thin bioplastic (in our case) or plastic waterproof linings, and they are classified as Liquid Paper Board. Just like milk and juice cartons, they are widely accepted across New Zealand and Australia in the co-mingled recycling collections. However, many – not all – waste companies say they can't accept paper coffee cups. Call your local Council to find out if they will accept paper cups.

The recycling industry is in further turmoil since China's policy to stop taking 24 types of solid waste from across the world in January 2018. Australia used to export 600,000 tonnes of recyclable waste to China annually. For us, this is the perfect time to look at commercial composting as a serious alternative. See our Compost Service page to arrange composting services in your area.

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As featured in The Age | 12 January 2018

After years of doing the right thing by separating our garbage so that our glass bottles, newspapers and plastics can be recycled, Victorians are now being told that all that recycling could be, well, a waste of time.

According to the Municipal Association of Victoria, a decision by China to place a ban on the import of recycling materials from outside the country has resulted in several councils having their recycling contracts cut back by our waste companies. If this continues, councils will have to stockpile millions of tonnes of waste or worse, dump it all in landfills.

BioPak’s ground-breaking disposable coffee cups are recyclable, especially when compared to other disposable packaging, including milk cartons, according to new independent research.

The Chief Executive Officer of BioPak, Gary Smith, said that contrary to some of the misinformation in the public space, research commissioned by the company had confirmed that its disposable cups could be recycled commercially.

Let's face it: Australians are big coffee drinkers. In less than a generation, we have moved from a nation of sedate tea drinkers to a nation of coffee obsessives. We now judge our cities on just how good the coffee is. Or how many baristas they have.

BioPak would like to set the record straight – compostable packaging isn’t some fanciful idea we dreamed up in isolation to annoy the waste industry, as suggested by a recent article in the Age. It is part of a world-wide movement to reduce waste to landfill.

And contrary to attention grabbing headlines, our BioCups are recyclable in the paper recycling of many councils and compostable at many commercial facilities across Australia.