War on Coffee Cups
Date: 1 Aug - 1 Sep 2017
Venue: Campus Heart, Griffith University Nathan Campus
The Griffith Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (GCSE) has partnered with Closed Loop and their Simply Cups Project to raise awareness of the disposable coffee cup problem. The project aims to educate Griffith staff and students on the amount of coffee cups that are disposed at Nathan Campus and encourage the use of reusable coffee cups. Coffee cups will be collected throughout the month of August and will be displayed in a perspex box during sustainability week from the 28th of Aug to the 1st of Sept.
How can I help?
Easy! Place your used coffee cups in the collection tubes that will be installed around campus during the month of August. And come say hi to the GCSE staff at Campus Heart during sustainability week where you can complete a survey and get a free reusable coffee cup!
I thought coffee cups were made out of paper. Why can't they be recycled?
Yes, they are made out of paper but the liquid-proof lining in the cups inhibits them from being recycled, as the lining prevents the paper fibres from separating quickly enough from the polyethylene liner for them to be recovered in the recycling process. Therefore, the vast majority of disposable coffee cups end up in landfill.
So, wait. How does this project contribute to diverting coffee cup waste from landfill then?
Well, Closed Loop has created the Simply Cups Project with the aim of collecting 100 million coffee cups annually. If they can achieve this goal, we can justify the economics for establishing a coffee cup recycling facility in Australia, where coffee cups can be recycled and repurposed.
And what's going to happen with the coffee cups that are collected now, if we currently don't have a recycling facility in the country?
The main goal of our project is to justify the establishment of a coffee cup recycling facility in Australia. However, Simply Cups is currently stockpiling collected cups within Australia and working with local partners of various emergent technologies to refine existing processes and develop innovative solutions that turn coffee cups into new products.
Where can I learn more?
You can contact the staff from GCSE on the following emails:
- Ms Vanessa Taveras Dalmau, Sustainability Officer for Griffith Business School: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Rachel Perkins, Project Officer: email@example.com
Also, visit www.simplycups.com.au for more information on how you can participate.
Oh, just one more thing! Where are the collection tubes located?
Just follow the map below!