Up until recently, sadly, a zero waste solution for sustainably disposing of coffee bags has essentially been non-existent.
Coffee must be packaged in lined bags (usually utilising foil) to ensure that the grounds are perfectly protected from exposure, and so that the roast quality and freshness are retained. Whilst this is great for us coffee lovers, it unfortunately meant that up until now, the bags couldn't be recycled due to the composite material.
However, thanks to a new initiative from TerraCycle (the first of its kind in Australia), consumers can now recycle their used coffee bags.
It's as simple as this:
1. Collect your used coffee bags
The program accepts all brands, and types of coffee bags! Make sure your bags are empty and reasonably clean before placing them in a collection box. Additionally, if you choose to rinse your products, ensure they are completely dry prior to shipping.
2. Download a TerraCycle shipping label
When you're ready to send in your coffee bags, download a shipping label from your TerraCycle account by clicking “Ship us your waste”, and following the prompts.
3. Print and send
Print your label and tape it securely onto the box, and drop it off at your nearest post office - yep, it's as easy as that!
Once received by TerraCycle, the coffee bags are shredded, washed and onsold to product manufacturers to be turned into goods such as picnic tables, decks, fences and shipping pallets.
The coffee bag recycling program is expected to divert over 16 tonnes of coffee waste from making its way into landfill over the course of the next five years!
To learn more about recycling with TerraCycle, visit terracycle.com