Strathfield Council has partnered with Responsible Cafés to reduce the use of disposable coffee cups from our local cafés. Responsible Cafés is a not-for-profit organisation that featured on the ABC “War on Waste” TV series that focuses on the impact and solutions to material waste in Australia. Strathfield Council is one of almost 50 Councils to join the program and work with local businesses and the community to keep our environment clean.
Over 3 billion disposable coffee cups and lids are used in Australia every year, almost none of which are recycled. This represents a major waste gap with a significant water, carbon, paper, petroleum and chemical footprint. A great majority of disposable cups and lids end up landfilled or littered and can take thousands of years to break down in the environment, contributing to land and marine pollution, and threatening wildlife.
To address this problem, Strathfield Council are working closely with café owners and the community. The Responsible Cafés program encourages cafés to provide a small discount to customers who bring a reusable cup. Over the course of 15 coffees, a coffee drinker will have offset the environmental footprint of the reusable coffee cup*. Depending on the frequency of coffee consumed and the discount applied, consumers can very quickly make up the costs of their new reusable cup as well.
Since the program began, Council has engaged many café owners on responsible cafés and provided signage to participating businesses. Council continues to facilitate the program with ongoing discussion with our cafés and report on the impacts.
Responsible Cafes in the Strathfield LGA
- Cafe 22
22 The Boulevarde, Strathfield, NSW 2135
- Oliver Brown Strathfield
Shop 32 Strathfield Plaza, 11 the Boulevard, NSW 2135
- THE SMELLY CHEESE CAKE
5 Churchill Ave, Strathfield, NSW 2135
- Gloria Jeans Strathfield
10 Churchill Ave, Strathfield, NSW 2135
- Rainbow Cakes
2 Churchill Ave, Strathfield NSW 2135
- Cafe Crop
1 Strathfield Square, Strathfield NSW 2135
Within a University
- LAB Bakery
4 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW 2135
- Sip Hour Coffee
Shop 2A, 2/8 Henley Rd, Homebush West NSW 2140
Click here for a comprehensive map of Responsible Cafés in the Strathfield LGA.
This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.
* statistic taken from keepcup