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The issue of disposable coffee cups

At USC Sunshine Coast approximately 250,000 disposable compostable coffee cups / lids are sold each year which equates to approximately 4.2 tonnes of waste.

Since 2016 the onsite composter (OSCA) reached capacity for processing all of the dry paper compostable waste products (ie coffee cups) sold on campus which means that there is an excess of waste going to landfill that cannot be composted.

We need everyone to help spread the word to be coffee conscious and bring your own cup when you purchase a hot beverage on campus to reduce unnecessary waste going to landfill.

Why bring your own (BYO) cup?

Every time you bring and use your own reusable cup you are helping to reduce waste to landfill and detrimental impacts on the environment. It takes approximately 4-5 cups of coffee to pay back the cost of a reusable cup and if you choose to buy from outlets that offer a discount or deal as an incentive you can save more money each year! 

The BYO cup and Borrow ware initiatives have been very successful with the prevention of approximately 5,813 disposable cups being used over the Semester. That is around 4.5 trailer loads of disposable cups that are not being wasted.

BYO cup friendly coffee outlets

All coffee outlets on the USC Sunshine Coast campus are BYO cup friendly. Some outlets at Sippy Downs campus offer discounts for BYO cup users and some also sell reusable cups!

Outlet Discount for BYO cup users Sells reusable cups
Co-op Cafe

1. 10% discount for USC students and staff that present Co-op bookshop membership number

2. Offer a free hot drink with the purchase of a reusable cup

Yes
Raw Energy 5% discount for USC staff and students that present ID card Yes
Good Bean 8th coffee is free for BYO cup users Yes
Cup of E None Yes
Cafe C None No
Brasserie Cafe None No

Clean your cup before use

When you bring your own cup please be sure to clean it before giving to staff. There are a number of kitchenettes on campus where you can wash up your cup such as the Brasserie and Level 1, Building E.

Borrow a cup

Feel like drinking your coffee on the go but forgot your reusable cup? Café C provides a range of preloved mugs and cups that you can choose to borrow and bring back when you like. It’s easy just ask for a borrow cup instead of a disposable cup when you order a coffee, tea or hot beverage and away you go!

Download the USC disposable coffee cup and catering supplies guide (PDF 380KB)

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