Reusable cups will become second nature in Bondi


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Waverley Council has launched a new campaign in partnership with Responsible Cafes to help local cafes reduce their reliance on single-use products and make reusable cups second nature.

The reusable cups campaign helps cafes test various strategies to make reusable cups more convenient. Participating cafes include Porch & Parlor, Bronte Surf Life Saving Club Kiosk, Orchard St, Funky Pies, SHUK Bakery, SHUK Falafel, SHUK North Bondi, The Shop & Wine Bar, Harry’s Bondi, Cali Press, The Nine, Makuto and bRu Coffee .

The project is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded by the waste tax, and aims to support businesses during NSW’s single-use plastic bans and reduce local waste.

Waverley Mayor Paula Masselos said the campaign aligns with the council’s commitment to moving towards a zero-waste community and a circular economy, and to achieving a target to reduce waste by 60% by 2030including single-use plastics and microplastics on beaches and in waterways.

Masselos said the summer 2022 litter audit figures revealed that Bondi is the most polluted beach in the county and the highest proportion of litter was seen in the mid-beach region.

“To make Waverley an even better place to live, work and visit, it’s important that our council continues to implement measures to reduce reliance on single-use items and help support our local businesses who share our vision of a sustainable future and economy,” she said.

“We encourage everyone to participate in the community-led Bring Your Own (BYO) Cup Week from December 1-10, 2022. During this time, participating cafes will not be offering single-use cups. Customers can board by pledging Ditch the Cup or Ditch the Container via Commitment to the planet.

Sarah Wilson, author, podcaster, climate educator and co-founder of BYO Cup Week, said change happens when we all do things that show we care.

“Wearing a mug to keep is such a visual and influential skincare statement. We started BYO Cup Week in Bondi because it’s an influential place… the coffee culture here is iconic. I am delighted that the Waverley Council is supporting the legacy of what we started,” Wilson said.

Sondra Beram, co-founder of BYO Cup Week and owner of bRu Coffee in North Bondi, said the transition from single-use cups has been a long but worthwhile journey.

“Now our customers know where we stand and are proud to be part of this community movement. It’s a no-brainer, I can save between $600 and $1,000 a week now that I’m not ordering single-use cups anymore. If we can do it, as a take-away coffee, anyone can!” Béram said.

For more information visit: www.waverley.nsw.gov.au

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