Recyclable coffee cups and lids….

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New Zealand packaging advocacy group The Packaging Forum issued a press release yesterday disputing Ms Irvine’s comments.

### ODT Online Wed, 7 Sep 2016
Claim about coffee cup lid incorrect
By Vaughan Elder
A Dunedin City Council staff member has admitted being incorrect when she said coffee cup lids being sold as compostable could not be composted in New Zealand. Council waste manager Catherine Irvine said the polylactide (PLA) disposable coffee cup lids still presented as an issue as there were no facilities in Dunedin and many other parts of New Zealand where they could be composted. However, her claim no facilities in New Zealand could compost them was incorrect and since a report in the Otago Daily Times on Saturday, she had been contacted by Wellington City Council saying it had a contractor which had begun composting the lids using a special additive. Read more


Companies selling lids could breach Fair Trading Act if sold as compostable or biodegradable when not compostable in NZ –Commerce Commission

### ODT Online Sun, 4 Sep 2016
Coffee cup lids not compostable in NZ
By Vaughan Elder
Dunedin cafes buying so-called compostable coffee cups are being “misled”, in what could be a breach of the Fair Trading Act. Dunedin City Council waste manager Catherine Irvine said polylactide (PLA) disposable coffee cup lids were being sold as compostable when there were no facilities in New Zealand capable of composting them. As a result, well-meaning cafes in Dunedin and across New Zealand were paying a premium for the lids in an attempt to “do the right thing” when they could not even be recycled, Ms Irvine said.
Read more

Are they recyclable ? ? ?


### Australian Business Traveller 10 Feb 2016
Air New Zealand’s coffee app hits one million cups, and counting
By David Flynn
We’re probably not alone in putting ‘good coffee’ rather high on the list of what makes a great airport lounge, and we love that Air New Zealand’s clever coffee app makes it easier to enjoy your chosen brew. Plenty of NZ passengers do, too – the app has logged over one million orders since it went live in August 2014. And using an app to streamline the process of ordering a cuppa in the lounge is a typically Air New Zealand thing.
Travellers in Air New Zealand lounges can order a coffee straight from their smartphone or even Apple Watch using the airline’s app, with an iPad located near the barista station offering the same functionality.
Here’s a walkthrough of how it works. Sidle up to the barista bar and tap to get started: note that the app also advises how long the current wait is….
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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4 responses to “Recyclable coffee cups and lids….

  1. Why do we in li’l ol’ NZ get accused by uninformed people of destroying the environment and raising the level of the sea so people will drown in some remote island state (Kiribati say Kiribass) when millions of people fly in an out of airports all over the world including Auckland, Welly and ChCh throwing out non biogradable cup tops?

  2. Elizabeth

    This is getting ridiculous. DCC “manager” now telling us where to drink coffee. Is this what Rates funds pay salaries for.

    ### Thu, 8 Sep 2016
    DCC says don’t buy coffee in disposable cups
    A Dunedin City Council manager says residents should avoid using
    disposable coffee cups. The comment comes after recent discussions about whether disposable coffee cups and lids are compostable. Catherine Irvine says people can do themselves and the environment a favour by dining in rather than taking away….
    Ch39 Link

    Channel 39 Published on Sep 7, 2016
    DCC says don’t buy coffee in disposable cups

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Don’t buy it in plastic bags either. They kill the planet and they’re hard to drink out of. Wear your identity as a member of a country where more and more people are sliding down the economic ladder, Embrace Depression Chic, not with a feelgood sleepout once in a while but with an enamel mug on a length of twine tied around your waist.
      Show the DCC that you understand what years of extravagance, uncurbed by Council giving their employee the CEO of the day a rark-up about overmanning and overpaying, have done for rates and other costs that eat into YOUR disposable income.

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