Detpak launches coffee cup recycling program

In attempt to save coffee cups across the nation from landfill, Detpak has launched its RecycleMe program to ensure paper cups can be collected, sorted and recycled locally.

The Detpak RecycleMe program will support a circular economy to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value for as long as possible. Detpak has aligned with industry partners to collect, sort and turn the cups into commercially recycled paper as part of existing systems in Australia. 

Following the success of last year’s RecycleMe cup trials, Detpak’s takeaway coffee cups feature a new lining that can be easily removed from the paper to ensure the cup’s recyclability.

With Australians currently sending one billion paper cups to landfill each year, the Detpak says its RecycleMe program aims to promote a longer life for the paper used to make takeaway cups.

“We’ve been looking for a long-term solution for takeaway coffee cups and believe the RecycleMe program is one step closer to contributing to global environmental change,” says Detpak Manager of Marketing and Innovation Tom Lunn.

“As a nation, we lack local recycling infrastructure to convert waste into reusable raw materials, which means significant amounts of recyclable materials are being dumped in landfill or being held in storage until a local recycling solution becomes available.”

The RecycleMe program will launch in Australia at partnering cafes across Melbourne from September, followed by New South Wales, Adelaide, Queensland and Western Australia before expanding to New Zealand later in 2018.

Partnering with official collector Shred-X, who are part of Freightways, Detpak has worked with the collector to design specialty bins for customers to drain their coffee to the last drop, separate the lid from the cup, and dispose of their cups on location. Shred-X then collects the cups before being recycled. Detpak and Shred-X will provide a certificate outlining the environmental savings based on the amount of cups collected.

The RecycleMe program was launched to customers in Australia from 14 June.

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