It may shock and surprise you to know that disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled in your yellow-lidded bin! Most people have no idea about this. In Australia, we throw out over a billion coffee cups every single year! That means that there are more coffee cups thrown out each year than there are Australians! Over a billion a year, that is enough cups to go around the earth two and a half times. That’s 50 thousand every half an hour. 11,000 tonnes of these cups end up in landfill every single year. Even if you place them in the recycle bin they will get sent to landfill. Disposable coffee cups are also horrible to the forests of the world. Imagine all the trees that are used to make these cups. So are compostable coffee cups the solution? These compostable cups cannot compost in landfill. As you can see coffee cups are a problem.
To help put a stop to this 7-Eleven have teamed up with Simply Cups and are offering Australia's first ever coffee cup recycling program! They have set up over 200 recycling drop off locations at 7-Elevens, but not only for coffee cups also for slurpee cups as well! The reason these cups can't go into your recycling bin is because they have a lining of plastic in them so they are waterproof. But with this new recycling program, they separate the cardboard and the plastic. Both materials get recycled.
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