Australia sends over a billion coffee cups to landfill each year, but Simply Cups has diverted three million cups in under 20 months.
Simply Cups are part of Australia’s growing coffee cup recycling industry, their custom processing avoids issues that some recycling techniques have working with the thin plastic lining of paper-based coffee cups.
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Managing Director at Closed Loop Robert Pascoe said Simply Cups upcycles masses of disposable cups to create new products.
“We can now recycle paper cups and other hard to recycle plastics to create roadside curbing, bike land separators, car bump stops, and that’s just the beginning,” Mr Pascoe said.
“Australia needs to transition to a circular economy, and we’re helping our partners to get there.”
At the Vicinity Shopping Centre in Broadmeadows, 270 upcycled car bump stops have been made from recycled Polywaste technology via Simply Cups technology.
Each car bump is made up of one kilogram of coffee cups and ten kilograms of plastics, including plastic extracted from Melbourne’s Yarra River.
Simply Cups program partner Muffin Break is helping to fund the program’s expansion, General Manager of Muffin Break Nataline Brennan said that businesses and shopping centres have a responsibility to minimise their waste.
“We encourage all shopping centres to do their homework and get involved with the Simply Cups program,” Ms Brennan said.
“We want to help shopping centres throughout Australia to better understand the program and realise the benefits, which include cost savings in waste management and landfill costs, and the opportunity to supply their centres with upcycled material.”