Over a billion disposable coffee cups end up in Australian landfill every year. With China no longer an option to outsource the world’s waste, new Australian solutions are emerging.
Simply Cups is Australia’s leading coffee cup recycling program. Founded by sustainability specialist Closed Loop, Simply Cups has diverted more 3 million disposable cups from landfill in less than 20 months. Paper-based cups contain a thin layer of plastic, which make them unable to processed using traditional recycling methods. Closed Loop and their partners uses break-through new technologies to upcycle disposable cups into new products.
“The recycling industry is innovating rapidly, and today anything can be recycled,” said Robert Pascoe, Managing Director at Closed Loop. “We can now recycle paper cups and other hard to recycle plastics to create roadside curbing, bike lane separators, car bump stops, and that’s just the beginning. Australia needs to transition to a circular economy, and we’re helping our partners to get there.”