Western Australia will be the first state to stop using plastic-lined coffee cups and lids – but there are fears customers will pay extra for their caffeine hit after the move.
The state will start the second phase of a ban on single-use plastics in February next year.
Other items in the firing line include loose fruit and vegetable bags, plastic swabs, and Styrofoam cups.
Cafes will have to pass the cost of the changes on to customers, who have already paid the bill for the recent price hikes in coffee beans
Disposable cups made of paper can replace the plastic cups (pictured, stock image)
But cafes will have to pass the cost of the changes on to customers, who have already paid for the recent price hikes in coffee beans.
Warren Reynolds of Muzz Buzz, a drive-through coffee chain in Perth, has begun replacing plastic cups with biodegradable products from China and Vietnam.
But the upgrade will cost him 10 to 20 percent more.
The alternatives to plastic cups range from “keep cups” and a swap-and-go sign-up scheme, where drinkers use a cup and return it to a participating store.
As a replacement, there are also disposable cups with a cardboard liner on the cards.
Mr Reynolds said the biodegradable cups were the most realistic option.
“There is talk of cup exchange schemes, but it’s ridiculous. Things like that don’t work,” the franchise president said.
Warren Reynolds (pictured), chairman of Muzz Buzz coffee shop franchises in Western Australia, said some plans to replace plastic cups are ‘ridiculous’
Western Australians use 190 million single-use lidded coffee cups each year, according to government report last week
A cafe franchise owner in Perth said, ‘Keep cups don’t work… because people bring them back to us and they’re filthy. Some of the things you see are just disgusting” (Pictured, stock photo of Reusable Cup)
‘Holding cups don’t work either because people bring them back to us, and they’re filthy. Some of the things you see are just disgusting.’
He said he uses disposable cups that can be broken down and added that they are the way of the future.
State push to ban plastic started four years ago when WA banned lightweight plastic shopping bags.
Western Australians use 190 million single-use lidded coffee cups each year, according to a government report from last week.
It is about begin phasing out plastic cups for cold drinks early next month and fines up to $5,000 will apply to those who don’t follow the bans.
The cup bans come as customers are already spending more to cover the rise in coffee bean prices.
The beans are scarce due to drought and icy conditions in Brazil, which produces 40 percent of the world’s coffee.
The dairy also suggested this month that milk could see a 30 percent price hike and rise well above the rate of inflation due to crippling workforce shortages.
Meanwhile, other states are also introducing plastic bans.
NSW passed a ban on lightweight plastic bags last June, but has no plans to phase out plastic coffee cups yet.
Queensland has banned the use of single-use plastic straws, cutlery and plates since September last year, and plans to phase out hot drink cups.
The Victorian government will ban single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates and swabs by February 2023, but has not yet committed to a ban on plastic coffee cups.
WA expects the second phase to have a transition period of six to 18 months before the cups phase out.
Victorian government will ban single-use plastic straws, stirrers, plates and swabs by February 2023 – but hasn’t committed to ban plastic coffee cups yet