Students holding Green Caffeen cupsUQ's Green Caffeen program is part of Australia’s first swap & go reusable coffee cup program.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the Green Caffeen app and sign up to be a member for free.

2. Buy a coffee and get your free Green Caffeen reusable coffee cup.

3. You can take your cup away to drink it at your leisure — at your desk, sitting by UQ Lakes, on the way to the bus.

4. Drop your cup back to any Green Caffeen participating café within 30 days.

5. Get a clean cup with your next coffee in it.

6. If you can’t return your cup within 30 days, you will be charged a fee of $12.99 so that Green Caffeen can make sure there are enough cups to go around.

Our Choose to Reuse campaign wants to make it irresistibly easy to ditch disposable cups. 

Why choose a reusable cup?

In Australia, over 1.2 billion disposable coffee cups are used each year, 90% of which end up in landfill or littering the streets. Paper coffee cups are lined with plastic to make them waterproof. Although the paper outside will breakdown, the plastic inner won’t. Green Caffeen state that to recycle them, these cups must be sent to a specialist recycling facility that is costly and complicated. Consequently, in Australia, only 8% of disposable coffee cups are recycled. This equates to 2.7 million coffee cups in Australia going to land fill each day.

Disposable Paper Coffee Cups

Most coffee cup lids can be recycled if they have a Plastics Identification Code stamp (1–6), however it is recommended that you remove the lid from the cup when recycling.

The plastic waterproof lining of many paper coffee cups means they can't be recycled with collections of paper and cardboard.

Compostable coffee cups

Compostable coffee cups can be placed in the organic bins where they are processed at a commercial compost facility.

What you can do

  • Purchase a reusable cup to use when buying coffee. Nearly all coffee shops at UQ offer a discount if you bring your own mug!
  • Use Green Caffeen, a FREE reusable café cup system.
  • Buy durable mugs for the office to help reduce the amount of waste produced. UQeMarket also sells UQ Sustainability KeepCups as an alternative to disposable cups.