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QLD leads the way through National Recycling Week

01/12/2016 4:48 PM

News’ Queensland 1 Degree Committee has had an outstanding year, launching a strong recycling focus and achieving excellent results in engagement and reducing contamination of bins. These achievements accumulated in their National Recycling Week initiatives, which included a zero waste cooking class and a reusable coffee cup campaign.

Degani Keep Cup Coffee Refill Initiative 

The Committee worked with Degani, the cafe in the Brisbane office, to reduce the use of coffee cups going to landfill or contaminating the recycling stream in the building. Degani offered staff free refills for the whole of National Recycling Week once they bought a keep cup, which was sold at cost price.

During the week, Degani gave away 992 free coffees, sold 160 keep cups and gave 99 discounted coffees in mugs.  The result of these efforts was outstanding – with the use of non disposable coffee cups going from 14% in the week prior, to 69% of all purchases that week. The week after the campaign continued to see great results – with 51% of all hot beverages purchased being in non disposable mugs or cups. 

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The ongoing discount of 50 cents for bringing your own cup was also promoted, and continues to help the reduction of disposable coffee cup usage. Zero Waste mugs were given out by the Committee during their Recycling Launch 1 Degree Birthday event in July.

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Celebrity chef zero waste cooking class

National Recycling Week kicked off with celebrity chef Alistair Mcleod providing a free cooking lesson to over 60 staff in the Brisbane office. The lesson focused on reducing food waste and how common leftovers can be put to good use in new and exciting dishes.

Celebrity chef Alistair McLeod during a cooking demonstration about how to reduce food waste as part of National Recycling Week. Pics Tara Croser.

Celebrity chef Alistair McLeod during a cooking demonstration about how to reduce food waste as part of National Recycling Week. Pics Tara Croser.

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