There is a lot of information about being able to recycle paper cups in Australia and sometimes it can be a bit confusing.

We’ve put together the following information to try and make it a little clearer for you.

Can paper cups be recycled?

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has also recently confirmed that takeaway coffee cups can be and are being recycled.

APCO also confirmed that because the actual cup is made from paperboard with a plastic lining – there have been concerns that this mixed material presents issues for recycling facilities.

“Our APCO organisation members include material recovery and recycling facilities. Through the working group, we resolved that coffee cups can be recycled”.  “Having said that, we also know that there is more work to do to ensure that commercial recyclers receive fair value in recycling this material.”

Are the cups always recycled?

Unfortunately not. There are councils within Australia that do recycle paper cups but not all do. Below you will find a list of those councils that do currently recycle paper cups.

• Armidale Dumareq Council
• Byron Shire Council
• Lismore City Council
• Moree Plains Shire Council
• Murrumbidgee Shire Council
• Port Stephens Council
• Shellharbour City Council
• Snowy River Shire
• Tamworth Regional Council
• Tenterfield Shire Council
• Tumbarumba Shire

South Australia
• Adelaide Hills Council
• Alexandria Council
• Barossa Council
• District Council of Cleve
• Town of Gawler
• Kangaroo Island Council
• City of Mount Gambier
• City of Onkaparinga
• City of Playford
• City of Port Adelaide Enfield
• City of Salisbury
• City of Unley
• City of Victor Harbor
• City of West Torrens
• District Council of Yankalilla

• City of Ballarat
• Cardinia Shire
• Greater Bendigo City Council
• Nillumbik Shire Council
• Warrnambool City Council
• Wyndham City Council

• All ACT Councils

• Brisbane City Council
• Lock Valley Regional Council
• Scenic Rim Regional Council
• Southern Downs Regional Council
• Whitsunday Regional Council

Western Australia

• Cambridge Town
• City of Bunbury
• City of Busselton
• City of Cockburn
• Manjimup Shire

Perth City

Are things changing?

Yes. While slow development within Australia’s recycling facilities previously made it non-profitable to recycle cups, and meant many waste facilities didn’t separate the cups for recycling, recent innovations have made paper and cardboard recycling more cost-effective.

Through its Simply Cups initiative, environmental solutions company, Closed Loop, is tackling Australia’s overwhelming waste problem by teaming up with 7-Eleven to save coffee cups from landfill.

7-Eleven are installing dedicated coffee cup recycling bins in over 200 of their stores nationally, as well as funding 50 other large-scale locations including offices, universities and construction sites as part of the initiative. All of these cups are collected and sent off to processing plants that are designed specifically to process the recycling of paper cups.


Options for You to Recycle Your Cups

  1. Those customers using the cups in the local council areas listed above can recycle your cups.
  2. After use, drop your cups off at a local 7-Eleven store that is providing the cup recycling bins.
  3. Pack the used cups back in to the boxes that they were shipped to you in, contact us and we will arrange and pay for the shipment of the used cups back to our factory where they will be added to our recycling waste and sent to a commercial recycling facility.