Australia’s recycling industry was thrust into the spotlight this year after China’s ban on foreign waste imports. These bans put a stop to 7.3 million tonnes of waste being imported each year from countries including the UK, US, Japan…and Australia.
With bans now in place, waste management companies are facing one of their biggest challenges in recent history; and Closed Loop are stepping up to the challenge.
“Over the past 20 years we have faced many challenges, and this is the most exciting for Australia’s future”, said Closed Loop managing director Robert Pascoe.“We have a genuine opportunity now to turn this situation into a winner by making valuable new end-use products locally from resources we used to put into landfill or export overseas, creating a genuine sustainable future by providing jobs and massive environmental improvement.”
Closed Loop is the official sustainability sponsor of the 2018 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, and will be showcasing recycling projects they are developing with local partners.
One of the most prominent is the Simply Cups coffee cup recycling program, which was featured in the ABC special War On Waste.
With Australians using over 1 billion disposable coffee cups each year, this massive waste stream has gone unchecked for many years.
Simply Cups is gaining traction thanks to their pioneering partner 7-Eleven — the second largest retailer of takeaway coffees — who has committed to recycling over 70 million cups each year to account for the number of coffee and Slurpee cups they sell.
7-Eleven rolled out the program in over 200 stores on March 27, 2018.
Qantas, a longtime partner of Closed Loop, also joined the program and commenced collections at their Mascot headquarters in NSW; with rollouts planned for in-flight collections and across domestic lounges. Qantas is incentivising businesses to sign up for Simply Cups collections in their offices through a lucrative Qantas Business Rewards program.