Reusable coffee cup library starting in Taranaki

Taranaki is getting its very own library of reusable coffee cups.

The zero waste initiative is known as the Taranaki Cup Library and is the brainchild of local Mel Hunt, with support from NPDC.

At selected cafes coffee drinkers can grab a New Zealand-made reusable cup for $2 with their next coffee, then swap it for a clean one when they return for another drink.

If they forget their cup, they can get a new one for $2 and bring both back next time for a refund.

“The goal is to reduce the amount of waste we generate just from takeaway coffee cups,” Hunt says.

“Many takeaway cups are compostable, not recyclable, but they still end up in recycling bins.

“We all know it’s time to start changing our daily habits that create unnecessary waste. Coffee is just one small step in a larger evolution of waste minimisation, and small changes like this one can make a difference as we work as a community toward becoming a zero waste region.”

Kiwis throw out about 800,000 paper coffee cups every day, and NPDC Manager Resource Recovery Kimberley Hope says initiatives like the Taranaki Cup Library could put a big dent in that number.

“It’s fantastic to see a local resident taking on the zero waste challenge by starting up a programme like this,” Hope says.

“We’re really happy to support her and the cafes that take part.”

The Taranaki Cup Library is starting with three cafes to identify any challenges and help fine-tune how it operates. If the trial goes well, the hope is to bring more coffee shops on board.

Three coffee shops have signed up for a trial of the Taranaki Cup Library – Elixr, Emmalou and Café Green Door.

You can follow Taranaki Cup Library on Facebook.