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Scheme helps cafes fight war on waste

Cafes across Bunbury are continuing to join the battle in the war against waste and now coffee-shop owners have more incentive than ever.

The City of Bunbury has joined forces with the Responsible Cafes program which aims to connect coffee shops to environmentally conscious customers and reduce the amount of coffee cups going to landfill.

The program gives coffee drinkers a discount on their beverage of choice when bringing in their own reusable cup rather than using a takeaway cup.

Through the council’s partnership, businesses that sign up to the program will be given 20 free KeepCups which they can hand out to their first 20 customers.

Waste Education officers have set a goal of signing up 22 cafes in Bunbury by the end of the month and so far five — including Sav’s Coffee Bar on Victoria Street — have joined the movement.

The City hopes to have all cafes registered within the next two years.

Mayor Gary Brennan encouraged all Bunbury businesses to get on board and said it was essential city staff and councillors led by example.

“It’s time to start practising what we preach and just this small change has the potential to divert hundreds if not thousands of disposable takeaway cups from landfill,” Mr Brennan said.

“I encourage Bunbury cafes to support this fantastic initiative.”

City staff and City of Bunbury councillors will also be using their own reusable cups.

Cafe owners who want to know more can contact the council on 9792 7337.

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