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Western Sydney cafes choose to reuse

Media release, 19 November 2019

Cafe lovers in Sydney’s West get set for a better way to take away their beverages, with councils implementing a new, sustainable solution to single-use disposable cups.

Launching in February 2020, a whopping 180 cafes in seven Western Sydney council areas will roll out the ‘Refill Don’t Landfill’ campaign, providing free reusable café cups for customers and joining a growing network across Australia.

Western Sydney councils have partnered on a new program with swap-and-go pioneers GreenCaffeen. Using Australian-made products and supported by their app, Green Caffeen is engineering abetter approach to takeaway, by rejecting the concept of ‘waste’ as being part of the deal.

Cafe-goers simply drop your cup back at any participating café within 30 days and your takeaway coffee is clean and green; activating a ‘circular economy’ and stepping away from single-useproducts that generate unnecessary waste.

WSROC President, Clr Barry Calvert, said, “For Western Sydney councils, the problems of litter and landfill are only too real; taking up funds and extra resources to cope with the enormous problem of waste.

We know our communities are keen for alternatives to the disposable approach which contributes unnecessarily to landfill.

“WSROC’s partnership with Green Caffeen on the ‘Refill Don’t Landfill’ campaign gives Western Sydney residents a practical solution to single-use cups, supporting responsible conservation of resources and reducing landfill,” said Clr Calvert.

Currently, waste management in Australia faces new challenges of handling waste and pollution generated by a ‘take, make and waste’ manufacture and consumption culture - in which resources are made to be discarded, rather than designed to last or recovered for re-use.

The ‘circular economy’ approach attempts to move away from the way things are currently designed and consumed, by preserving resources and designing out waste.

By using recycled materials to produce reusable cups, designed and manufactured in Australia, this Western Sydney café campaign promotes a sustainable and responsible approach to resources.

Clr Calvert remarked, “In the past, when my parents were young, everything was re-purposed,nothing went to waste. The reuse revolution is simply a return to better ways: conserving resources in a circular economy, for use in the future.

“This campaign is part of a region-wide shift away from a disposable mindset, providing smarter consumer solutions to single use cups; it’s simply a better approach to resources for the future,” he said.

Councils participating in the Refill Don’t Landfill campaign are Blacktown City Council, Hawkesbury City Council, Fairfield City Council, Liverpool City Council, City of Parramatta Council, Penrith City Council and The Hills Shire Council.

This project is a NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less Recycle Moreinitiative, funded from the waste levy.




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