Innovative recycling system launched for takeaway cups

New-technology coffee cups across the nation will be saved from landfill and commercially recycled into paper, with the launch of Detpak’s RecycleMe System.
This new recycling collection system is said to close the loop for the industry, and ensures paper cups can be collected, counted and recycled into copy paper.
The new takeaway coffee cups feature a next-generation lining that can be easily removed from the cup to ensure recyclability in standard pulping processes.
With more than a billion paper cups sent to landfill each year across Australia, Detpak’s marketing and innovation manager Tom Lunn said the RecycleMe System promotes a longer life for the paper cup fibre and supports a circular economy to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value for as long as possible.
“Our RecycleMe System is a total end-to-end solution, turning takeaway cups into recycled paper products and contributing to positive global environmental change,” Mr Lunn said.
Detpak has aligned with industry partner Shred-X to collect, count and recycle the cups as part of an existing national collection system in Australia.
“Shred-X currently has 50,000 collection points around Australia as part of their secure document destruction service and will support the collection of RecycleMe cups”, said Shred-X General Manager Van Karas.
In an Australian first, Shred-X will also be providing a collection service and recycling commitment for RecycleMe coffee cup lids. “Lids will be processed with confirmed end markets in Australia and via export,” Van said.
Tim Adams Specialty Coffee will be one of the first Queensland brands to launch with this innovative recycling system, and founder Tim Adams said the RecycleMe System would provide a true system for the coffee industry.
“Our dedication to quality in an ethically responsible manner is paramount as we take our responsibility to both coffee growers and the environment very seriously. Providing RecycleMe takeaway cups will be a core part of our sustainable business practices,’’ said Tim.
CMI Toyota will be one of the first brands to launch with this recycling system in South Australia as they champion sustainability in their work and will be launching with a true system for takeaway coffee cups.
In New South Wales, Veneziano Coffee Roasters will be one of the first brands to launch with this recycling system, and CEO Craig Dickson said the RecycleMe System would provide a true solution for the coffee industry.
“We’re excited to be one of the first coffee roasters to be implementing Detpak’s RecycleMe System for our customers as we know consumers want the convenience of takeaway coffee without the guilt of the waste of the cup,” said Craig.
Additionally, in Victoria Seven Seeds Coffee will be one of the first brands to launch with the cups, and community manager Alison Lyons said offering exceptional coffee and service would now be complimented by an award-winning environmental solution for takeaway cups.
“We’re really happy to introduce the RecycleMe System into Seven Seeds – takeaway cups have been a blight on the coffee industry for too long. Our waste management strategy follows the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle – and this is where RecycleMe has stepped in, with a guaranteed recycling solution and we’re aiming for a 50% collection rate, and have full confidence our customers in Carlton are up for it,” Alison said.
Detpak’s RecycleMe System will launch across Australia and New Zealand during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week which takes place from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 November.

Build up domestic recycling and create 500 jobs

In the midst of the recycling crisis and the lead-up to the 27 April meeting of Australia’s environment ministers, a new report commissioned from independent experts has found that hundreds of new jobs can be created in Australia by government investment in the domestic recycling sector.
“The report by the highly regarded MRA Consulting shows that domestically remanufacturing 50% of the material formerly sent to China will lead to some 500 jobs here and reduce greenhouse gases by the same as taking 50,000 cars off the road,” ACOR’s CEO Pete Shmigel said.
“To check the China challenge, we are ready to reboot recycling as a self-sufficient sector that enables employment and prevents pollution. Ministers can support this by agreeing to a National Circular Economy & Recycling Plan that makes a one-off investment in the 3 ‘i’s’ of recycling: infrastructure, improvement and innovation.
“The promise of recycling is that what punters put in the bin becomes new products, not lumps in landfill. Our political leaders, through the policy targets they have set, are part of delivering on that promise and should continue to do so on April 27th.
“We need to make and buy more recycled content products here in Australia. Closing the loop is what’s needed for community confidence, job growth and environmental results.
“Other industries are regularly supported in transition or crisis. This sector – largely free-market based for decades – needs support now or services and jobs could go, including in country towns.
“While state governments have rightly focused on the system’s short-term survival, it’s time for all governments to jointly act for recycling’s future success,” Mr Shmigel said.
Projects under an investment injection of $150 million could include:

  • New technology to support more Australian reprocessing of mixed paper, mixed plastics and glass cullet.
  • Enhanced methods and machinery at recycling sorting centres.
  • Support for government and corporate purchasing of recycled content products.
  • A national centre for recycled content product development.
  • Education to ensure what’s collected is clean enough for recycled content product making.


Tox Free wins Rio Tinto mining waste management contract renewal

Tox Free has renewed its waste management contract for Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron ore operations.

According to Tox Free the scope of the work includes waste management services for all of its iron ore operations, including Cape Lambert, Mesa J, Dampier, 7-Mile, Parker Point, Pannawonica, Paraburdoo, Tom Price, West Angeles, Hop Downs, Yandicoogina, Namuldi, Marandoo, Eastern Range, and Channar.

It is a renewal of the existing four year contract Tox Free has with the miner, and is effective from the first of February.

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