FEDERAL WASTE AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTER LAUNCHES SIMPLY CUPS AND FOOD WASTE INITIATIVES AT BRISBANE’S NEWEST ENTERTAINMENT PRECINCT
COFFEE CUP RECYCLING LAUNCHES AT HOWARD SMITH WHARVES
Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans MP, launched Simply Cups at Brisbane’s newest entertainment and lifestyle destination, Howard Smith Wharves. Minister Evans presided over the launch to highlight the importance of industry-led initiatives to reduce waste and improve recycling.
“Simply Cups is Australia’s largest cup recycling program, and it is wonderful to have this innovative recycling program now operating here at Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, across all of its various hospitality outlets,” Mr Evans said.
COMPOSTING 400kg OF FOOD WASTE ON-SITE DAILY
Howard Smith Wharves has invested heavily in equipment to recover recyclables at its site – including Closed Loop Organics rapid food waste composters, glass crushers, cardboard balers, soft plastic recycling and now Simply Cups coffee cup recycling.
“I was delighted to see first-hand the innovative partnership HSW has with Closed Loop to better manage waste from the site,” Mr Evans said. “Up to 400kg a day of food waste is being processed in this way, with plans to double that capacity soon when more restaurants open. This is a fantastic example of industry taking practical environmental action on recycling”.
The output from the composters is a rich fertiliser, which . is provided to the Maleny dairy farmers who supply HSW with fresh produce. The farmers apply the fertiliser to their paddocks, providing a complete paddock-to-plate-to-paddock experience.
Luke Fraser (CEO, Howard Smith Wharves), Trevor Evans (Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management), and Brendan Lee (Circular Economy Manager, Closed Loop)
STRIVING TOWARDS A ZERO WASTE FUTURE
The partnership between Closed Loop and Howard Smith Wharves is one that both parties are very proud of, and hope that it provides an inspiration to others to strive towards a zero waste future.
“Simply Cups is now recycling coffee cups from more than 500 sites nationally, and has diverted nearly 6 million cups from landfill since it commenced in 2017”, said Brendan Lee, Circular Economy Manager at Closed Loop. “There are also more than 100 commercial sites using the Closed Loop Organics rapid composters – at restaurants, hotels, universities, mining camps and hospitals. Collectively these units are turning 10 tonnes of food waste into fertiliser every day, contributing to the federal government’s commitment to halve the amount of food waste going to landfill by 2030.”
“We are delighted that Minister Evans was here to launch of Simply Cups at Howard Smith Wharves”, said Mr Lee. “We applaud the federal governments leadership and commitments to reducing waste and building a circular economy in Australia.”
GOVERNMENT INVESTING IN THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
The Australian Government is leading substantial investment in recycling and efforts to move towards a more circular economy.
“The Morrison Government is determined to increase recycling rates and reduce waste,” said Mr Evans. “We will be working closely with industry, communities and state, territory and local governments to achieve needed changes and to focus on practical, meaningful actions that protect the environment and build our domestic recycling industry.”
“At the heart of the Government’s strategy is the Australian Recycling Investment Plan, a package of initiatives totalling $167 million designed to grow and strengthen Australia’s domestic recycling industry, and to support industry and community initiatives to lift recycling rates in Australia. We will continue action to halve food waste by 2030.”
“More recycling is not just good for our environment, it’s also good for the economy and means new opportunities for innovative local industries and more jobs”.