Mug Library Initiative at Participating Cafes in Denmark

Published on Thursday, 10 November 2022 at 3:14:31 PM

Denmark hospitality businesses are taking another step in the Zero Waste transition with several local cafes taking part in a new ‘mug library’ initiative.

The Shire has been busy creating a mug library with donated and unwanted mugs, bundled up in hampers to distribute to participating businesses around town.

“The hope is that people will borrow and return mugs from the community mug library instead of using single-use disposables when they buy their takeaway coffees at any of our fantastic local cafes,” Shire of Denmark Sustainability Officer Yvette Caruso said.

This zero-waste initiative to reduce single-use disposable coffee cup items was instigated by local community group Plastic Reduction Denmark, in line with the State Government WA Plan for Plastics ban and has been a priority focus of the Shire’s Sustainable Projects Committee through the Shire’s Sustainability Strategy.

“The coffee cup hampers were made up of mugs obtained from the tip shop as well as mugs donated by Shire staff in keeping with the ethos of a circular economy,” Ms Caruso said.

Participating cafes that received a community mug library hamper today include Tea House Books, Ravens, Mrs Jones, Green Pantry, Gelato, Fig Tree Bakery, Reminisce Café and Kebab Shop.

Local business food retailers have also been provided with the option to subscribe to the WA Plastic Free program in a collaborative project between the Shire, the Chamber of Commerce, Plastic Reduction Denmark and Boomerang Alliance in an effort to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics.

The Shire and Boomerang Alliance have been working directly with food retailers by providing free tailored advice for alternatives to single-use plastics which makes it easy for local businesses to become ban compliant. The program gives participating businesses tools and resources to communicate the changes with the community.

For more detail on the mug library and plastic-free initiatives please visit the Shire of Denmark Zero Waste webpage at: 

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