Detpak has launched its new RecycleMe takeaway coffee cup, which features an easily-removable lining that makes it easier to recycle into standard copy paper.

More than a billion paper cups are sent to landfill across Australia each year, and Tom Lunn, marketing and innovation manager at Detpak, says the RecycleMe system will support a circular economy and prolong the life of paper fibre.

“Our RecycleMe System is a total end to end solution, turning takeaway cups into recycled paper products, and contributing to positive global environmental change,” said Lunn.

Detpak will partner with Shred-X, which has 50,000 collection points around Australia for its secure document destruction service, to support RecycleMe cup collection. According to Van Karas, general manager, Shred-X will also assist with collecting and recycling the cup lids, a first for Australia. “Lids will be processed with confirmed end markets in Australia and via export,” said Karas.

A number of shops in Australia and New Zealand have already signed on for the RecycleMe program, including Victoria’s Seven Seeds Coffee. Alison Lyons, community manager at Seven Seeds, is pleased to have an 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,” she said. “Our waste management strategy follows the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle - and this is where RecycleMe has stepped in, with a guaranteed recycling solution.

“We're aiming for a 50 per cent collection rate, and have full confidence our customers in Carlton are up for it.”

The new system was launched during National Recycling Week, 12-18 November, 2018.

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