The compostable cup you can't compost, and the trouble with our recycling system

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.

One minor problem: their products are very difficult to recycle or compost in Victoria. The company is open about this, although it may surprise consumers.

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