Don’t Bin Your Used Coffee Bags. This New Australian Initiative Allows You to Recycle Them…

Don’t Bin Your Used Coffee Bags. This New Australian Initiative Allows You to Recycle Them…

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From today, coffee lovers across Australia will be able to benefit from a new recycling scheme launched by Australian coffee brand, Seven Miles and the leaders in recycling the non-recyclable, TerraCycle.

The first of its kind in Australia, the new initiative allows consumers to recycle used coffee bags, which are proven to be one of the most prolific non-recyclable waste items, meaning they often end up in landfill. 

The free-to-use scheme is open to households and businesses nationwide. Coffee lovers can collect their used coffee bags and capsules, download a postage label and send them directly to TerraCycle via Australia Post; where the items are melted down into raw materials to create a new product altogether.

It’s expected that this industry first program will save over 16 tonnes of coffee waste making its way into landfill over the course of the next five years. 

Credit: Seven Miles Coffee.

As an added incentive and to give participants an extra feel-good factor, collectors can earn a $1 donation for the school or non-profit organisation of their choice for every kilogram of waste sent to TerraCycle.

Jenny Willits, CEO of Seven Miles comments: “Everything we do is in the pursuit of exceptional coffee, and for us that includes the journey from bean to cup, and beyond. We know our consumers want to make more sustainable choices, and our exciting new TerraCycle partnership means this can now include even the bags their coffee comes in!”

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The new partnership marks the start of a wider commitment to sustainability from the coffee brand as they launch 7 Miles in the Right Direction; a series of steps the business is taking towards a more sustainable future. 

These initiatives include a next generation recyclable paper cup scheme with Recycle Me to reduce the number of cups that end up in landfill; as well as installing solar panels on the roof of their roastery in Manly Vale, sending used coffee sacks to the animal enclosures at Taronga Zoo and finding new ways of using spent coffee grounds.

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Jenny continues: “From our coffee sacks getting a new lease of life in animal enclosures through to shortening the length of our bags to reduce plastic use, we are always on the lookout for new, innovative ways of repurposing, reducing and recycling waste at every stage of the coffee making process.

“By working together with local businesses, consumers and industry, we believe we can significantly reduce our imprint on the planet and support our local community.”

Boasting 50 years of coffee making expertise, Seven Miles is based in Manly Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The company has micro-roasters throughout Australia and is constantly searching for new ways to bring coffee to life whilst embracing the wisdom and knowledge of its industry experts.

To learn more about Seven Miles and 7 Miles in the Right Direction, visit sevenmiles.com.au

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