You've probably seen BioPak's brown and white containers and coffee cups, embossed with a pale green leaf, at your local single-origin speciality coffee shop. Sold as biodegradable, recyclable and compostable, they are meant to be a pinnacle of sustainability.
It's estimated that as many as three billion coffee cups are sold each year in Australia. And most of these aren't recycled – they're piling up in landfill and escaping into our rivers, parks and marine systems.
Craig Reucassel is on a mission to uncover how much waste we produce as a nation and learn what we can about it. In tonight's episode he focuses on food waste as a staggering amount ends up in landfill every year.
As Australia’s love affair with coffee hots up, takeaway coffee cups continually stack up in our landfills, taking 50 years to decompose. Now, a trial run by Closed Loop has seen separate bins for takeaway coffee cups introduced in three buildings in Sydney, Melbourne...