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May 6, 2021

Pictured: The Sunroom Manager and Community Barista Dan Verevis

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Cafes in Hunters Hill are celebrating another step towards life before COVID restrictions, and helping fight the battle against single-use plastic waste, with a return to reusable coffee cups.

Cafes including The Sunroom and Dachshund Coffee are among the first to commit to the HuskeeSwap program, a reusable takeaway coffee cup replacement system.

With support from Hunter’s Hill Council, participating cafes are being sponsored to set up the HuskeeSwap system in store.

For participating cafes, customers who sign up for the HuskeeSwap scheme in the first week of their launch may also receive their first coffee free. Speak to your local cafe about how you can get involved.

The Sunroom Manager and Community Barista Dan Verevis said the business’s main goal was to be a community-based cafe in all aspects.

“So more than just a safe place for customers, but to branch out and help the local environment … by getting reusable cups,” he said.

Mr Verevis said the Council brought the program to the cafe and was a great local support base.

“Because it’s local, we love it even more,” he said.

HuskeeSwap Operations Manager Michael McFarlane said his organisation was very proud to be partnering with Hunter’s Hill Council to bring its closed-loop cup exchange to the community.

“About 600 billion disposable coffee cups are produced worldwide each year, with the vast majority destined for landfill,” he said.

“HuskeeCup and HuskeeSwap were designed to solve this issue by repurposing waste and make using reusables more convenient and hygienic, for both you and your local cafe.

“Through subsidising start-up costs for cafes in Hunters Hill, there’ll now be more places to drop, swap, store and borrow HuskeeCups for a waste-free takeaway.”

The move coincides with the Council partnering with Responsible Cafes to help support cafes take steps to use resources more efficiently.

General Manager Jo Horsley said Responsible Cafes was delighted to see Hunter’s Hill Council join the Responsible Cafes network and encourage its community to bring back reuse.

“We look forward to seeing many businesses join our world’s first environmental cafe rating system for free on our website so the ‘Keen Beans’ of Hunters Hill can search for local cafes doing their bit to reduce their impact on our beautiful environment,” she said.

If you are a cafe that is interested in taking part in the initiative, contact people@huntershill.nsw.gov.au. If you are a customer wanting to try the switch to reusables, simply ask your local cafes.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacqui Jones, Communications Officer. Phone: (02) 9879 9400

Email: jonesj@huntershill.nsw.gov.au

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Hunter’s Hill Council

22 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
PO Box 21, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Tel: (02) 9879 9400
E: customerservice@huntershill.nsw.gov.au
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