single-use plastics ban

No time to waste: Could a coffee cup ban work?

Two years on from the War on Waste movement, BeanScene looks at what has actually changed in the Australian coffee industry and the efficacy of a single-use plastics ban. Thousands of Australians order coffee to go from their favourite cafés every day, leaving with their precious beverage safely contained in a roughly eight-ounce paper cup. For many of them, once the coffee is gone, the cup is no longer of any use and disposed of without a second thought. That’s the problem.
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WA ACT plastic bans

WA and ACT release discussion papers on single-use plastic bans

The Western Australian and Australian Capital Territory Governments have released discussion papers on proposed single-use plastic bans – including plastic-lined coffee cups – on 11 and 16 April, respectively. WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson invites the community to contribute their ideas and participate in the consultation process.
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Second state/territory considers coffee cup ban

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is considering a ban on single-use plastics, including plastic-lined coffee cups. City Services Minister Chris Steel proposed a single-use plastic ban on 19 February, while addressing a review of the government’s plastic shopping bag ban.
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Good Food Guide awards Sydney Doesn’t Suck campaign

On 8 October, the City of Sydney Councillor Jess Miller-led Sydney Doesn’t Suck campaign won the Food for Good Award at the National Good Food Guide’s 2018 Awards in Melbourne. “To get this acknowledgment from the sector and watch the growing support from hundreds of venues across Sydney has been amazing,” Jess says. “The commitment, just from the Sydney Opera House precinct alone, means that more than two million turtle-choking straws will not be used within the next year. That’s a pretty incredible outcome.”
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BioPak fights the war on waste with compostable packaging

Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s War on Waste has thrust Australia’s waste management crisis further into the spotlight, lifting the lid on the volume of food and organic waste that ends up in landfill. According to the episode that aired on 7 August, 60 per cent of household waste ends up in landfill. Media attention has influenced a rise in cup-only collections, but BioPak says this is a temporary fix to Australia’s waste problem.
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Planet Ark partners with roasters to trial coffee diversion program

A new Planet Ark trial aims to divert spent coffee grounds from landfill and repurpose them into higher value uses. Planet Ark will begin the Coffee 4 Planet Ark two-month trial in September in Sydney in collaboration with leading coffee roasters and founding members Allpress Espresso, Genovese Coffee, Grinders Coffee and Lavazza. Tata Global Beverages via its Map Coffee brand will collect spent coffee grounds from limited corporate businesses in Melbourne.
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Sydney Opera House joins #SydneyDoesntSuck campaign to ditch plastic straws 

To help fight the war on waste, the Sydney Opera House and Solotel Group’s Sydney Opera Bar has committed to ditching single-use plastic straws, saving 1.1 million straws each year.  All of the Opera House’s onsite restaurants will be plastic straw free by August 1, 2018, with straws only made available on request to patrons who specifically require them. The move is estimated to save more than two million straws each year across the precinct.
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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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War on Waste season 2 returns

The ABC’s War on Waste will return on Tuesday 24 July to tackle new targets including plastic water bottles, straws, e-waste and furniture waste. The series will also explore previous topics such as food waste and the recycling crisis. More than 4.3 million viewers watched the original series in 2017, which sparked one of the ABC’s most successful social media campaigns with a video on dumping edible bananas reaching 20 million views.
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