Concrete jungle: Turning coffee into concrete

Civil engineering students from RMIT University are replacing sand in cement mixture with coffee grounds to reduce landfill and ease the strain on the world’s sand supplies. Just as the world’s viable coffee producing regions are under threat due to climate change, the world’s sand supplies are also diminishing.
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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. 
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Takeaway coffee cups may be banned by 2023

According to an Australian Senate inquiry, single-use plastics such as coffee cups with plastic linings, could be banned by 2023. The Senate Environment and Communications References Committee, Never waste a crisis: the waste and recycling industry in Australia, was released this week, detailing 18 recommendations and a full report on ways to reduce landfill and improve the quality of recycling. The inquiry into Australian’s recycling crisis has also recommended the ban on takeaway containers and chip packets. 
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Nestlé sets goal of 100 per cent recyclable or reusable packaging

Nestlé, the parent company of global coffee comapany Nespresso, has announced its goal to make 100 per cent of its packaging recyclable or re-usable by 2025. Its vision is that none of its packaging, including plastics, will end up in landfill or as litter. Nestlé said it believes there is an urgent need to minimise the impact of packaging on the environment.
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