It is estimated that over one billion take-away coffee cups end up in landfill each year in Australia.
Most general paper recycling facilities in Australia have not been designed to process takeaway cups effectively.
As cups cannot be sorted and recycled with the paper and cardboard streams in most areas of Australia, collecting cups as a separate recycling stream ensures all cups collected can be recycled.
With our customers consuming an estimated 100 million take-away cups each year, we acknowledge that this could contribute to the number of cups going into landfill. Together with Simply Cups, we're leading the cup recycling revolution in Australia so that takeaway cups can be collected, processed and recycled through the Simply Cups program.
Any brand of paper cups including coffee, Slurpee, and Smoothie cups can go in the collection units.
Yes, plastic and paper straws can be deposited in the Simply Cups recycling units in 7-Eleven stores. Straws can be placed in the same tube as the coffee cup lids.
That’s true! But we hope our customers can do their bit by saving up their cups at home or in their car, to deposit in our cup recycling units next time they’re in store. We need your help to rescue cups from landfill - get your workplace, school or other organisation on board and start collecting!
7-Eleven aims to rescue as many cups (of any brand) as possible. We have installed cup collection units in over 680 7-Eleven stores, ensuring a wide geographic spread so that most areas will have access to a cup recycling store nearby. Unfortunately, some of our store footprints are too small to accommodate the back of house unit to store collected cups.
Compostable materials need to be disposed in commercial or home composting systems that provide specific conditions for composting to occur. Many of our customers to not have access to these systems, so we encourage our customers to recycle their cups, lids and straws through Simply Cups.
The 7-Eleven Cup Rescue Schools Program is an extension of the cup recycling program we have in our stores. This program aims to equip schools with the tools they need to successfully divert cups from landfill by free donating cup collection units. Program participants are partnered up with their local 7-Eleven store where they can drop off their cups for collection.
The school’s program aims to educate and promote positive behaviours in our younger generations.
If you are a school with a local 7-Eleven, and your store has cup recycling facilities, you can apply today to be part of the free program at www.7eleven.com.au/cuprescue. If you’re unsure if your local store has cup recycling, apply and we will let you know. The good news is the majority of our stores do!