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Responsible Cafes in Mid North SA

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The amount of rubbish on roadsides is a huge problem as is the amount of rubbish going to landfill in Australia. Use-once-and-throw-away coffee cups make up a big part of both.

The disposable cups and other takeaway food packaging littering our roadsides comes from local shops. They have a responsibility to make an effort to reduce the litter, but they may need a bit of pressure from consumers to do what they should.

What can be done to reduce the numbers of throw-away coffee cups?

This page written 2018/03/10, modified 2018/06/14 – ©
Contact: email daveclarkecb@yahoo.com (David K. Clarke)
 
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Rubbish from the roadside
Throw-away cups
A sample of roadside rubbish that I have picked up.
Note the high proportion of throw-away cups.
 

Development 2018/06/05

OTR (On The Run) announced that they would no longer fill peoples' keepcups, because of concerns about hygiene. This seems to be unjustified, is certainly a step in the wrong direction, and is very disappointing. I suggest boycotting OTR.
The aim of this page is to inform people of the unnecessary waste coming from coffee shops, bakeries, service stations, etcetera in the Clare Valley and to provide some incentive for these businesses to 'lift their game'.

For several years I have picked up roadside rubbish. The proportion of this rubbish that is made up by use-once-and-throw-away cups is very large and, frankly, disgusting.

Work in progress This is a work in progress
Even the use-once-and-throw-away cups that are disposed of 'responsibly' usually end up in land-fill, most have a plastic liner and can't be composted.

How can this situation be improved?

An organisation called Responsible Cafes actively encourages coffee shops to give a discount to people who bring their own reusable cup (sometimes called a keep-cup) for take-away drinks.

At the time of writing there were no establishments in Clare township that were registered with Responsible Cafes and only three in the greater Clare Valley (one in Watervale and two in Auburn).

The scum-bags who throw their rubbish out of car windows will be the hardest to get to change their ways, but if coffee shops offer a small discount for the use of reusable cups perhaps some will change.

The EPA provides a way you can report people who litter via the Internet; or you can report them by phone on 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445 in country South Australia.

If you are ordering a coffee to drink in a cafe or roadhouse and are not sure what sort of cup it will come in, tell them that you don't want a disposable cup. Some places will give you a throw-away cup if you don't ask for reusable.

I would like to see a deposit on throw-away cups AND on their lids, but I don't think we have sufficiently progressive or environmentally minded governments in Australia for that to happen.

This page provides my understanding of the status of establishments in the Clare Valley; some of my ratings may well be wrong. Owners of establishments who believe I have wronged them should email me; my email is given above.

Articles on my efforts to make Mid North coffee shops more environmentally responsible were published in the Producer and Northern Argus newspapers on 2018/03/21.

Any help from others in getting action will be welcome. Information on coffee suppliers that I haven't listed would be useful, and, of course, getting the word out will be a big help. My email address is at the top of this page.



How responsible are Clare Valley coffee shops?

This is a start; I hope to cover all establishments that provide coffee eventually.

Clare township

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Av-A-Chat CafeYesYesYes$0.20C R****
BakehouseNoYesYes?NoC*** ?
Caltex roadhouse and takeawayNoIf requestedYes?No ** ?
Clare Wine, Food, Tourism CentreNoYesYesNoC***
Clare Rise BakeryNoNoYes?NoC* ?
J D's Diner and PizzaNoYes?Yes?No?CNot yet rated
Only the Good StuffNoYesYes?No?CNot yet rated
OTRNoNoNoNo No stars
PanchosNoSome reusable, some notYesNoC R**
SubwayNoNoYes?No? * ?
The Valleys Lifestyle Centre CafeYesYesYes10%C R*****
Wild SaffronYesYesYesNoC R***
ZestNoSome reusable, some notYesNoC R**
BYO: Bring Your Own reusable cup (keep-cup)
'C' indicates the place has been contacted about take-away cups, 'R' indicates I've received a response.


Look for this poster
Responsible Cafe poster

Notes

If you use a reusable cup, please make sure it is clean before asking for it to be filled.

Stars
  • Reusable cup supplied for eat-in customers:
    sometimes, *
    always, **
  • Clean BYO cups (keep-cups) accepted, *
  • Discount given for BYO:
    less than $0.25, *
    at least $0.25, less than $0.50, **
    at least $0.50, less than $1, ***
    $1 or more, ****
  • No disposable cups at all, ***** ***
If there are more than five stars I've put them in several groups for clarity.
ResponsibleCafes also encourage cafes to:
  • Not offer disposable coffee cups at all
  • Not offer plastic bags
  • Not sell bottled water
  • Offer straws only on request or not at all
  • Not offer plastic cutlery
  • Compost food waste
  • Use renewable energy

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Greater Clare Valley

Auburn

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Cogwebs Hub CafeYesYesYes$0.50C R***** *
Velvet and WillowYesYesYes$0.50 ***** *
BYO: Bring Your Own reusable cup (keep-cup)
'C' indicates the place has been contacted about take-away cups, 'R' indicates I've received a response.


Seven Hill

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Little Red GrapeNoYes?No?CNot yet rated


Watervale

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Watervale General StoreYesYesYes$0.30C R*****
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Cogwebs in Auburn
Cogwebs
Not only does the proprietor of Cogwebs give a $0.50 discount for keep-cups, but she also encourages people to buy keep-cups. It would be good to see more environmental responsibility like this in the Mid-North.


Mid North outside of Clare Valley

Brinkworth

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Cafe For EweYesYesYes$0.50C R***** *
Cafe For EweSigned up to ResponsibleCafes 2018/03/20
BYO: Bring Your Own reusable cup (keep-cup)
'C' indicates the place has been contacted about take-away cups, 'R' indicates I've received a response.


Burra

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Good Golly! "Miss Polly"YesYesYes$0.50 ***** *


Crystal Brook

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Vault 35NoYesYes$0.50C R***** *
Vault 35BYO encouraged for takeaway, recycled materials used for takeaway cups and trays
Damian and GingerNoYesYesNoC R***


Laura

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Someplace NiceYesYesYes$1.00 ***** **


Redhill

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
General StoreNo??? Not yet rated
RoadhouseNoIf requested?? Not yet rated


Port Pirie

 Eat inTake away 
PlaceRegistered with
ResponsibleCafes
Reusable cup suppliedBYO acceptedBYO discountContacted
Responded
Rating
Blend on AlexanderYesYesYes$0.50 ***** *
Cafe DeliziosoYesYesYes$0.50 ***** *
Mel's Snack Bar & CafeYesYesYes$0.50 ***** *
Jamaica BlueYesYesYes$0.50 ***** *
BYO: Bring Your Own reusable cup (keep-cup)
'C' indicates the place has been contacted about take-away cups, 'R' indicates I've received a response.


Index: on this page

Auburn
Brinkworth
Burra
Clare
Clare Valley
Crystal Brook
Laura
Mid North outside of Clare Valley
Notes
Port Pirie
Seven Hill
Watervale


Related pages

On the Internet

Are takeaway coffee cups recyclable?; Choice
Takeaway coffee cups piling up in landfill as Australia's caffeine habit soars; ABC
Dispose of the Disposable Coffee Cup; Planet Ark

It's a global problem

Great Pacific Garbage Patch; ABC (how many of the throwaway coffee cups in the Mid North, with their plastic liners, go down the Broughton River to the sea and eventually add to this?)
Four solutions to the disposable coffee cup problem; BBC

On this site

Cleaning up roadside rubbish; dumping rubbish on roadsides shows the same mindset as dumping waste gasses into the atmosphere.
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Some of my other interests

Mid North SA: leading the nation in sustainable energy
Northern SA's renewable energy
SA's success in adopting sustainable energy
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