The scheme, due to be formally rolled out later this year, will allow customers to participate in a swap-and-go model at participating cafes.
Minister Rattenbury also announced today that the new scheme will be delivered by Green Caffeen following a successful tender process.
“Canberra is full of coffee connoisseurs – and we have some of the best cafes in the country,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.
“That’s why today we’re encouraging cafes to get involved in our upcoming reusable coffee cup scheme trial.
“While more Canberrans are doing their bit for the planet by choosing reusable coffee cups, this new scheme will make it easier than ever for Canberrans to choose a reusable option when they forget their reusable cup.
“Australia throws out 2.7 million coffee cups every single day, so it is important that we limit our use of single use cups wherever we can – doing our bit by people and planet.”
The scheme will be free to both cafes and customers. Local businesses will also have access to a toolkit that will help them promote their involvement in the scheme.
Organisations interested in signing up to the scheme can find more details at: actsmart.act.gov.au.