Veolia and DoD join forces to eliminate disposable cups

Veolia, in partnership with Army & Air Force Canteen Service, has launched a trial of RecycleMe coffee cups at RAAF Williamtown in NSW’s Hunter region.

Everyday hot beverage consumption by Department of Defence (DoD) employees generates high demand for single use disposable cups, with an estimated 130,000 items disposed of annually at Williamtown.

As part of the trial, Army & Air Force Canteen Service will be supplying 2500 RecycleMe cups to the base each week, with Veolia installing six coffee cup recycling stations.

Detpak will supply the RecycleMe cups, which have a mineral-based lining allowing them to be recycled within existing infrastructure. The recovered paper fibres can then live again as other paper products.

According to Veolia National Contract Manager Defence Dale Manley, working in partnership with Veolia to identify and eliminate problematic waste streams such as coffee cups helps the DoD make significant gains towards their war on waste.

“DoD is committed to minimising their carbon footprint through reducing waste-to-landfill and the associated emissions,” he said.

“As we focus our solutions on problematic waste streams such as coffee cups, which contribute to significant waste volume across DoD locations, the RecycleMe trial will deliver the desired sustainability outcome that DoD is seeking from its Waste and Sustainable Procurement Program, whilst also delivering potential cost-savings; which is a win-win.”

The trial, launched in early February, and all impacts will be reported in near-real time to the DoD via Veolia’s recently launched environmental reporting platform.

These results will then determine future roll-out of the trial across further DoD locations.

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