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South Australian Government considers banning takeaway coffee cups

The South Australian Government has revealed it’s considering banning takeaway coffee cups and other single-use plastic products with the release of a new discussion paper. The Turning the Tide on Single-Use Plastic Products discussion paper seeks feedback on whether the government should introduce measures to tackle a range of single-use items, including coffee cups. The paper asks whether government intervention is required for these items and in what form it could take.
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Canberra café raises $300,000 for habitat restoration

Over the past 15 years, Canberra-based Brindabella Café has raised more than $300,000 for Greening Australia, a not-for-profit organisation that conserves and restores Australia’s landscapes. In 2004, Brindabella Café began charging a Greening Levy of 20 cents to customers when they opted for a takeaway cup, which was then donated to Greening Australia. “My partner and I were so frustrated that people were using so many single use cups,” Owner Skye Palmer says. “Apparently over 2.5 million cups are thrown away every day in this country.”
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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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BioPak teams up with Perth cafés to launch coffee cup composting service

Perth cafés can avoid sending their takeaway coffee cups to landfill with the launch of BioPak’s national composting service. Under the service, customers will be able to dispose of used BioPak coffee cups and compostable takeaway food packaging in specially designed collection bins placed at local cafés or workplaces in Western Australia. The special compost bins will be collected weekly and sent them to commercial facilities to be composted. In eight weeks, the biodegradable products will be turned into nutritious soil compost for gardens or farms.
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