Australia throws away 1 billion paper coffee cups a year. Despite them being made from paper, they cannot be recycled along with other paper products, but recycled separately. Enactus VU and Simply Cups are working to raise awareness of coffee cup recycling and change consumer behaviour.

Disposal cups contribute substantially towards landfill waste, with some 1 billion disposable cups making their way into landfills across Australia. Their inability to be recycled due to a plastic lining that keeps the cup waterproof. This provides a unique problem for the recycling industry. Many people don’t know that coffee cups are not recyclable. Enactus VU is working with Simply Cups to develop specialised recycling bins and using game design to increase paper cup recycling and change consumer behaviour towards coffee cup recycling.

Contact Details:        Meareg Kidanemariam           meareg.kidanemariam@live.vu.edu.au