Help make coffee cup composting successful at UC

Coffee cup composting (in the blue bins) is continuing this year!

Last year we diverted over 15,000 IMG_0734acups from landfill with our collection of disposable coffee cups for composting – a massive effort.

We reckon we could divert 250,000+ from landfill if we get this right. In 2017 we hope to expand this service to other forms of compostable packaging. This would enable us to get rid of certain kinds of disposable plastics from campus!

However, this will only be possible if the outcome of the trial is successful.

We need your help: success means contaminant free.

Tell your mates to use the Blue Bins for empty coffee cups only but NOT to throw anything else in these bins (including food waste, plastic lids, bottles, cans, or anything other than empty coffee cups!).IMG_2047

Why don’t we want other compostable materials in these bins at present (especially food waste)? Because we are still manually sorting the bins to check for contaminants and going through decomposing food is pretty gross.

Thank you for your help in this!

Click here more information on the blue bin trial

New Waste Assistant

We have a new addition to the team, Jessica Lunsford, who will be working on this with us this year as a Waste Assistant. Jessica has a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, a Certificate in Organic Horticulture and is currently studying a BSc at UC.


 

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