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It’s estimated Australians use up to one billion disposable takeaway hot beverage containers in a year. Most end up in waste bins or as litter because of confusion around whether they can or can’t be recycled.

In the CBD, disposable coffee cups make up a big portion of rubbish in litter bins. This resulted in the City of Adelaide launched a trial of incentive payments in June 2017 to cafes to help cut waste in this area.

Until May 2018, cafes serving coffee within the area bound by Gawler Place, King William, Flinders and Grenfell Streets can apply for once-off rebates in return for offering a discount to customers who supply their own cup, providing compostable takeaway coffee cups and lids – or both. Compostable takeaway cups and lids can be placed into your home or business organic bin.

Initiated by Deputy Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor, the pilot aligns with the City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021.

“The take-up by eligible cafes has been extremely positive, with 40 per cent signing on in the first three weeks,” said Deputy Lord Mayor Verschoor.

“We’re also getting great support from coffee drinkers making that simple shift to a reusable coffee cup – either bringing their own to use for their takeaway coffee or enjoying a coffee in-house.”

In or out of the pilot area, the City of Adelaide encourages all cafes to offer a discount to customers bringing their own reusable cup when they buy takeaway coffee.

Find cafes participating in the pilot at

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Skye Murtagh

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