5 April 2018

From the Mayor's Desk

Mayoral Column

To help to reduce the use of disposable cups from our local cafes, Council has entered into an exciting new partnership with the Hawkesbury Environmental Network (HEN) and the nationally recognised Responsible Cafes.

Over three billion takeaway cups are used in Australia every year, almost none of which are recycled. Disposable cups and lids can take thousands of years to break down in the environment, contributing to land and marine pollution and threatening wildlife.

I met several café owners recently who have signed up and I’m delighted that we have their support. HEN volunteers have already visited 70 cafes to get them on board, which includes cafes in Windsor, Richmond, North Richmond, Kurmond, Kurrajong and Glossodia. The Responsible Cafes platform, which was featured on ABC TV’s ‘War on Waste’ series, encourages cafes to sell discounted reusable cups and to provide a discount to customers who bring a reusable cup for hot drinks.

As part of the Responsible Cafes program, Council will provide a limited number of FREE reusable cups to residents.at the 2018 Hawkesbury Show on 20-22 April. All you need to do is visit the Council tent and then sign a pledge to use the reusable cup when buying takeaway hot drinks.

Customers can ask their local café to join the program. Café owners who wish to participate can visit www.responsiblecafes.org or call Council’s Waste Education Officer on 4560 4566 for details. Together we can Keep the Hawkesbury Sustainable!

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