Call for coffee cup recycling bins on Queen Street

Less waste: Councillor Ben Moroney and Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang want to see coffee cup recycling facilities on Queen Street. Picture: Simon Bennett
Less waste: Councillor Ben Moroney and Bar Centrale owner Sonya Moulang want to see coffee cup recycling facilities on Queen Street. Picture: Simon Bennett

Australians love a good cup of coffee.

But our love for the caffeinated beverage means plenty of takeaway coffee cups are being sent to landfill every day.

Campbelltown councillor Ben Moroney wants to see that change - at least on Queen Street.

Cr Moroney has asked Campbelltown Council staff to prepare a report on the possibility of collaborating with businesses on Queen Street to provide takeaway coffee cup recycling options.

"The idea actually came from Sonya Moulang, the owner of Bar Centrale," he said.

"Many people don't know that most coffee cups aren't traditionally recyclable - they have a plastic in them that doesn't break down.

"Sonya thought there was potential for a collaboration between businesses and the council to provide recycling stations on Queen Street."

Cr Moroney said he knew of similar business/council collaborative efforts to be more sustainable that were successful, including the recycling of e-waste in San Francisco.

He said the recycling initiative could have a bigger, more immediate impact than keep cups.

"It's all well and good to talk about keep cups, but that's relying on individual behavioural changes changes and changes to social systems and structures," he said.

"Local government and business can work hand in hand to minimise the cost for both and make a difference to the community."

Cr Moroney's notice of motion is expected to be passed at Tuesday night's council meeting.

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