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27th of May 2021Composting & recycling

5 BioCup Myths Busted!

Ever wondered if recycling cups is better than composting? There's a lot of confusion surrounding compostable coffee cups and we're here to set the record straight by debunking 5 of the more common myths around bioplastics.


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Myth #1:

PLA plastic is a polymer and no better than regular plastic

Truth:

BioCups are made with a bioplastic sourced from rapidly-renewable plant resources, like corn – not finite fossil fuels. Ingeo™ PLA (polylactic acid) requires 52% less energy to produce and has a carbon footprint 71.8% lower compared to regular plastic. It is designed for the circular economy to biodegrade into nutrient-rich compost in an industrial compost facility.

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Myth #2:

No industrial compost facilities accept BioCups

Truth:

30+ commercial compost facilities in Australia and New Zealand compost BioCups. This number is growing every week. Our BioPak Compost Service can collect compostable packaging and food waste from 2,200+ suburbs in every state (including Victoria). Our customers have diverted 700 tonnes of waste from landfill in one year.

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Myth #3:

BioCups can’t be recycled in residential recycling

Truth:

Neither PE or PLA lined cups can be recycled in residential paper/plastic recycling streams. However, BioCups can be composted in residential green bin collections along with coffee residue, other compostable packaging and food scraps in a growing number of locations, such as South Australia. In addition, businesses can use the BioPak Compost Service operating in 13 major cities across Australia and New Zealand.

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Myth #4:

BioCups don’t break down into quality compost

Truth:

BioCups are independently certified to AS4736 and when disposed of in an industrial compost facility they will completely biodegrade into a non-toxic, high-quality compost without leaving behind any microplastics. Through our Compost Service, our customers have created 50,000 x 10kg bags of compost– returning nutrients to the soil in a proven closed-loop solution.

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Myth #5:

BioCups compost in landfill

Truth:

Ideally, no cups, foodservice packaging or food should go into landfill. The conditions in landfill are such that the process of biodegradation of organics (cup paper) will emit harmful methane gas – not nutrient-rich compost. However, if BioCups and regular coffee cups (PE cups) do end up there, BioCups have contributed less greenhouse gases and used less non-renewable energy when they were made, something regular cups cannot achieve.

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