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Are coffee cups recyclable or not?

Unfortunately, there is not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer. There is a lot of confusion in this area from the industry and the consumer alike. It is not clear yet if disposable paper cups lined with plastics or bioplastics can be recycled in Australia. They are sometimes accepted across New Zealand and Australia in the co-mingled recycling collections. 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. Since China's new policy has been enacted, it is not clear if paper cups are recycled anywhere in the world. 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 BioPak Compost Service page to arrange composting services in your area.

The APCO (Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation) is currently working on some guidelines at the national level.

 

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23rd of September 2019

5 BioCup Myths Busted!

Ever wondered if recycling cups is better than composting? There's a lot of confusion surrounding compostable coffee cups and we're here to set the record straight by debunking 5 of the more common myths around bioplastics.

Climate emergency is happening, landfills are overloaded, and the recycling industry is in crisis. Yet our collective consumption habits aren’t slowing down. In this article, we look at New Zealand's compost infrastructure and recycling volumes. In New Zealand alone, more than one million tonnes of plant matter and food scraps are sent to landfills each year, representing about 320 kilograms of organic matter for each one of us.

 

Industrial composting presents a huge opportunity to prevent food waste and compostable packaging from ending up in landfills where it otherwise releases methane – a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than CO2, which contributes to climate change (source).

 
09th of July 2019

Waste-free events. DONE.

Whether it’s food and music festivals or conferences and seminars, whenever we hold an event waste is inevitably created. All to often, the packaging and food scraps left behind end up heading to landfill – even if they could have been composted or recycled instead.

But it doesn’t have to be this way – and local Port Macquarie business Doppio Or Nothing Espresso (DONE) have set out to prove that holding a zero waste to landfill event is possible even if local composting infrastructure is lacking. Here’s how they got it done.

In the age of corporate social responsibility, more and more emphasis is being placed on reducing the negative environmental outcomes of business activity, not just addressing issues of sustainability at a high level. These days, it’s not enough to simply installing a few recycling bins or spend some budget on enviro-focussed not-for-profits – a well-considered strategy for greening your business is required. Melbourne Business School – who has been ranked among the world's best by the Financial Times in its 2018 analysis of business schools by region – is leading the way by choosing the BioPak Compost Service to reduce their waste on campus and is diverting between 2,000 and 3,000 kilograms of compostable waste, that previously went to landfill, each month.