SYDNEY, November 14, 2018 - Closed Loop Environment Solutions, innovators in waste upcycling, has been awarded $115,000 in NSW Government funding to expand Simply Cups, Australia’s largest coffee cup recycling program.
Funding from the NSW Government was made through the Circulate grant; an initiative to keep waste out of landfill, increase food and garden waste collections, boost business recycling and invest in new infrastructure. The funding awarded to Closed Loop will go towards diverting 110 tonnes, or approximately 11 million disposable cups from landfill, and upcycle those cups into new products such as parking stoppers, kerbing and bench seats.
“The next time your car hits a bump stop in a car park, you may well be ‘using’ recycled coffee cups,” Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said. “Recycling coffee cups is a high visibility issue we are working to resolve. The more coffee cups we recycle, the less that are littered - and that is a good thing for everyone.”
2.5 million cups diverted from landfill
The Simply Cups Program collects disposable cups via collection tubes located at over 340 locations across Australia. The program is run in conjunction with local coffee stores, office buildings and key partners such as 7-Eleven, Qantas and Muffin Break. Any business can sign up to have a Simply Cups Collection Tube at their store or workplace.
“The first Simply Cups collection run was in May 2017, and it took 12 months to divert our first 1 million cups from landfill,” Brendan Lee, Strategy Manager at Closed Loop said. “In the next 6 months, we diverted another 1.5 million.”
Simply Cups has now diverted more than 2.5 million cups from landfill, weighing over 25,000 kilograms.
7-Eleven leading the way
The Simply Cups Program is a team effort. More than 90 different organisations support the program with collection tubes at 344 locations Australia wide.
7-Eleven is Simply Cups' Pioneering Partner and largest contributor to cups collected. With Simply Cups Collection Tubes at over 200 stores around Australia via their Cup Rescue Program, 7-Eleven have played the most significant role in diverting the 2.5 million cups from landfill.
"As Australia's second largest coffee destination, 7-Eleven is excited to be part of the solution for rescuing single use cups, lids and straws from landfill," Angus McKay, CEO of 7-Eleven said. "Every cup that consumers put into one of our 200 cup recycling units is collected to be turned into new products such as car park bumpers. Our customers can also choose to use their own reusable cup, such as the rCUP which is made from recycled coffee cups, when they come in for their coffee. We are proud to be able to support Closed Loop's Simply Cups projects, they are providing real solutions for reducing landfill, and reusing materials that would otherwise be wasted.
Creating a Circular Economy
Closed Loop is able to upcycle waste such as coffee cups to turn trash into treasure. The cups collected through Simply Cups program are recycled using various technologies.
One of these methods is via partner Newtechpoly in Moama, NSW, who combine the cups with recycled plastics and makes them into transport control products such as kerbing, car park stoppers and bollards. They also have the capacity to make many other products such as outdoor furniture, planter boxes and fencing.
Funding for Infrastructure
Funding from the NSW Government will go towards expanding the Simply Cups program in NSW. Phase One of Simply Cups was expanding collection sites to local cafes, coffee chains and office buildings via in-house collection tubes. Phase Two is to add infrastructure to cater for high volume public consumption centres such as shopping centres, airports, stadiums and hospitals.
The funding provided will help Closed Loop purchase 100 larger tube recycling bins that are better suited for coffee cup collections in public places.
“We are delighted that the NSW Government has showed such leadership in enabling us to implement a true circular economy solution,” said Robert Pascoe, Managing Director at Closed Loop. “Last year, the program was given a significant boost with 7-Eleven coming on board as a major partner from the private sector. This support from the public sector provides greater security from technologies investing in reprocessing plants and is critical in enabling us to complete closed loop recycling programs within Australia, rather than exporting our waste overseas.”
Closed Loop has been working with State Governments to develop policies that support homegrown recycling solutions.
“There are so many opportunities for local councils, state governments and the private sector to incorporate products made from recycled materials into future infrastructure and public projects,” said Lee. “Closed Loop looks forward to increased interest on this front so that we can fully close the loop on recycling within Australia, and put an end to the export of waste to developing countries.”
About Closed Loop
Closed Loop Environment Solutions are innovators in Waste Upcycling, and are changing how Australia collects, treats and reuses waste. Closed Loop is committed to building a circular economy by helping our partners keep waste out of landfill, and turning waste back into products that re-enter the local supply chain, eliminating future landfill. Founded in Melbourne in 2001, Closed Loop now has offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit www.closedloop.com.au
About Simply Cups Australia
Simply Cups is the Australia’s largest coffee cup collection and recycling program, dedicated to turning paper and plastic cups into second-life materials.
For more information or to Join the Movement, visit www.simplycups.com.au
Closed Loop Environment Solutions are innovators in Waste Upcycling, and are changing how Australia collects, treats and reuses waste. Closed Loop is committed to building a circular economy by helping our partners keep waste out of landfill, and turning waste back into products that re-enter the local supply chain, eliminating future landfill.
Founded in Melbourne in 2001, Closed Loop now has offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
For more information, visit www.closedloop.com.au
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