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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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The BioPak Compost Service is now available in five major cities across two countries – Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Auckland Council is a long term BioPak packaging customer and an early adopter of composting –  they have worm farms onsite for food waste and late last year BioPak helped them install compostable packaging bins at five of their offices to divert all their packaging waste from landfill too. Fitting perfectly within their 'Waste Management and Minimisation Plan' which sets the goal of zero waste to landfill by 2040.

Veganism is on the rise, with consumers seeking ethical, sustainable and healthy alternatives to traditional food consumption. So, it’s no surprise that Charlie’s Raw Squeeze®️ – a network of 10 juice, smoothie, and superfood bars in Queensland – is a huge success. Embracing the market-to-mouth philosophy, Charlie’s Raw Squeeze offers a range of plant-based meals, snacks, juices and smoothies all made with produce from their partner business, Charlie’s Fruit Market. 

 

As a responsible business, we have an obligation to preserve and protect the environment and to give back and support the communities in which we operate. We donate our time, energy and 1% of all profits to environmental restoration initiatives with Rainforest Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998. Our partnership has flourished since 2012 – together with our customers we have contributed to the protection of 4 hectares of rainforest and the planting of 10,500 trees.

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.