I want to ask you a question first: Do you think Melbourne’s paper coffee cups are recyclable or non-recyclable?

After you finish your coffee, where do you usually leave these coffee cups?

Whether you answer recyclable or non-recyclable, in fact, there is no standard answer to this question. Why?

Because of the coffee cup in Melbourne,Are not completely recyclable,But it is not completely unrecyclable.

We divide the coffee cup into three parts:

  • Upper lid
  • Insulation cover provided by some coffee shops on the lower level
  • And the paper cup in the middle

And these three parts, some can be recycled, some can not be recycled, and some need to be checked to know if they can be recycled.


Let's start with the upper lid.

If youI saw the recyclable symbol on the lid↓

That it is recyclable,Need to be thrown into the recyclable trash can.

If it is not found, it is not recyclable and can be thrown into the ordinary trash can.

(One tip is that black lids are generally recyclable, but white or transparent plastic lids are generally not recyclable.)

Insulation paper sleeve

Large chain coffee shops like Starbucks Costa generally provide insulation paper covers.Basically all insulation paper covers are made of recyclable paper,Need to be thrown into the recyclable trash~

Coffee cup

Well, come to the most complicated coffee cup part. Do you think that paper cups can definitely be recycled?

Actually? Not really.

If it is just a 100% paper cup, of course it can be recycled, but the key lies in the inner layer of the paper cupWaterproof plastic↓↓↓

Pure paper cups cannot hold the heat and humidity of hot coffee, so the inner waterproof plastic is essential.

But this layer of waterproof plastic is not recyclable.

This layer of plastic and the paper cup are tightly glued together, there is no way to easily tear it apart.

to be exact,There is no professional garbage company in Victoria that has the ability to separate them accurately.

If you cannot achieve 100% separation and force a recovery procedure,Even if only 1% of plastic remains in it,This 1% melted plastic will contaminate the entire tank of melted pulp.

To use an inappropriate proverb to explain it is: a mouse poop breaks a pot of porridge.

Therefore, whether you throw the paper cups in the middle layer into recyclable or non-recyclable trash,All waste disposal companies in Victoria treat them as non-recyclable.

For these non-recyclable garbage, the garbage disposal company has only one solution-Landfill, landfill.

Do you feel distressed? Obviously 99% is recyclable paper, but because of this thin layer of plastic, it can only be landfilled.

After landfill, the paper part needs 10Complete degradation, but plastics need 30Degradation can be completed.

Our consumption is constantly escalating, but the speed at which waste is produced far exceeds the speed at which we process waste.

I dare not imagine what kind of earth our descendants will live in ten years, twenty years, or a hundred years.

So when you finish drinking coffee in the future, remember to handle the coffee cup in your hand as follows:

First look at the coffee lid,

→ Throw it into the recyclable trash can

→ Throw it into the non-recyclable trash can if it is not recyclable;

Then coffee paper cup

→ Throw it into a non-recyclable trash can;

If there is a heat shield

→ Throw it into the recyclable trash can.

It may be a bit troublesome, but if you really take a few minutes to do this and insist on doing it every day, your contribution to the environment and future generations is really immeasurable.

Of course, there is a better way than reducing garbage, and that is to reject garbage from the source-BYOC

Bring Your Own Cup.

More and more Australians have begun to bring their own coffee cups to coffee shops. The following three brands are all Australian travel mugs invented and designed by Australia. They have set off a BYOC trend in Australia and the world!

Keep Cup

Keepcup was born in Melbourne in June 2009. Since its launch, it has become Australia's famous environmentally friendly accompanying coffee cup brand.

keepcupSafe and non-toxic, the glass cup is made of food-grade glass, and the plastic cup will not release BPA. The lid and buckle are made of polypropylene,Safe and sturdy, easy to carry and travel.

The lid of the keepcup does not need to be rotated, it can be opened with force, or you can rotate the movable button on the lid to expose the drinking hole. The price is around $10-$40.

Use keepcup every day to drink 2 cups of takeaway drinks, which can save 13 trees in a year, which is practical and environmentally friendly. It is now the most popular take-in coffee cup in Australia.


Frank Green

Like Keep Cup, Frank Green is also designed and made in Australia. Frank Green also won the 2015 Australian Good Design Award (Australian Good Design Award).

The beauty of it isOne-handed button switch, you can easily drink with one hand. There is also a thick double-layer cup body, which can keep warm.

It may not look as good as keepcup, but it has the one-handed and thermal insulation design that keepcup lacks. The price is around $30-$40.



Joco was also born in Melbourne. Compared to keepcup, Joco's color is mostly pure. Just add a small amount of text to the iconic logo to express the theme you want to express.

Environmentally friendly paper packaging, the packaging box can also be used twice, and can be used as a pen holder, storage tube, adhere to the green design concept.

The coffee cup inside is made of pure glass, plus a resin material heat insulation layer, and a more intimate design, making users more comfortable to use.

The slightly tilted lid makes it easier for you to taste delicious. The price is between $20 and $40.


If you take your own coffee cup to the coffee shop, in order to reward your environmental awareness and contribution to nature, the coffee shop is willing to give youDiscount reward!

There are alreadyHundreds of thousandsCoffee shops support this environmental protection activity. Basically, Brother Baba Budan, Seven Seeds, Industry Beans, Dukes Coffee Roasters and other well-known coffee shops in Melbourne are all supporters of this activity.

As long as you bring your own coffee cup to these coffee shops to buy coffee,You can enjoy a discount of 20c to 50c!

Just list a few:

Brother Baba Budan | Little Bourke Street.
Discount: 20c

Dukes Coffee Roasters | Flinders Lane.
Discount: 50c

Seven Seeds | Carlton
Discount: 20c

Workshop Brothers | Queen St
Discount: 30c

Industry Beans | Fitzory
Discount: 30c

Campos Coffee | Carlton
Discount: 30c

The overall list of coffee shops in Australia where you can enjoy discounts through BYOC can be found on the website called ResponsibleCafes below.


Thousands of coffee shops, there is always one you pass by every day.

The coffee shop cooperates with everyone, is environmentally friendly, and saves money. Why not do it?

I hope that in the near future, with everyone’s continuous perseverance and hard work, everyone will tacitly take out their own coffee accompanying cups from the dishwasher, put them in their bags, and go to the coffee shop every morning. Buy coffee.

Maybe, in the future, a list of individual cups on the coffee counter will become a beautiful landscape~


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