Reusable Cup Initiative

Brisbane City Council is supporting the community to avoid single-use takeaway cups by encouraging residents to adopt simple behaviour changes, to create a clean and green Brisbane.

Council commenced the Reusable Cup Initiative in November 2017 by asking Brisbane coffee drinkers to join the movement and use a reusable coffee mug.

While Council accepts takeaway cups in recycling bins, we recognise this waste is a growing issue. Council's 2017 waste survey indicated we throw away approximately 156 million single-use coffee cups in Brisbane each year. We all need to work towards more sustainable behaviours to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Taking your reusable coffee cup to local cafes helps support a clean and green Brisbane.

Be a reuse hero and share your moment on social media. Use hashtags #reusebne and #BrisbaneCityCouncil.

Reusable Cup Initiative May 2019

Council has selected 100 cafes to take part in the latest round of the Reusable Cup Initiative. Each cafe receives 20 reusable coffee cups to gift to their loyal customers.

Customers also received a loyalty card to stamp when they use their reusable cup. The tenth visit earns them a free coffee.

Council has already recruited more than 200 Brisbane cafes to participate in previous rounds of the Reusable Cup Initiative. Find out more about business recycling.

Responsible Cafes

Council is a proud supporter of Responsible Cafes, who connect conscious consumers with cafes that offer a discount to customers who use their own reusable cup.  

Brisbane cafes can join the responsible cafe movement. Cafes are provided with tools and a platform to show they are reducing waste and saving money. Becoming a Responsible Cafe incentivises customers to do the right thing by bringing their own cups.

For more information or to find a Responsible Cafe near you, visit Responsible Cafes.

Last updated:10 June 2019
Topics: green waste