Why they can't go in your recycling bin

Standard coffee cups are made from liquid paperboard. That’s a mix of paper and a thin layer of plastic to make it waterproof.

At the moment, processing of liquid paperboard isn’t very effective so when coffee cups are put in the recycling bin, they contaminate the other items to be recycled.

What you can use instead

Grab a reusable coffee cup and help avoid the 1 billion disposable coffee cups that Australians throw away every year. Many cafes now offer a small discount for bringing your own reusable cup. To find participating cafes near you, check the Responsible Cafes website.

What about lids?

See our Coffee cup lids page.

Want to recycle something else?

Search for another item to find out if it can go in your home recycling bin or if it needs to be dropped off somewhere else.