Tram with 50,000 coffee cups shows how much we waste every 30 minutes
This week, a tram made its way around Melbourne’s CBD filled to the brim with 50,000 disposable coffee cups – the number Australians consume every half an hour. Most of these disposable coffee cups go straight to landfill.
The stunt was part of a new three-part documentary, War on Waste, hosted by Craig Reucassel of The Chaser fame, as well as to bring awareness to Australia’s chronic waste problem.
Australia was once considered one of the best performers when it came to waste management. In the 1960s and 70s, recycling programs were pioneered and expanded, and the launch of the ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ campaign brought the waste issue to the forefront of the national consciousness.
Since then, the population has increased by 28 percent while the amount of garbage we produce has risen by a shocking 170 percent, making Australia one of the world’s biggest producers of waste.
Through War on Waste, Reucassel seeks to discover how and why Australia has become a nation of wasters, and how we can remedy it. He will take on major supermarkets, challenge Australians to go waste-free, expose recycling myths and reveal confronting truths about fashion waste. He also will address the issues around household, retail and farming waste and beg the crucial question, how can we improve?
Reucassel’s tram stunt sought to not only promote War on Waste but to bring a visual representation of just how wasteful Australians have become. It is estimated that one billion disposable cups go into landfill every year in Australia alone. “If you’re using it once and throwing it away it’s probably a waste,” Reucassel tweeted from in front of the tram. The presenter is not asking people to stop drinking coffee, but to simply consider the way they drink it – that is, to #BYOCoffeeCup.
Last week, Reucassel showed Sydney-siders how much fashion waste Australians produce every 10 minutes with a giant, 6000-kilogram pile of clothes in Martin Place.
— ABC TV Australia (@ABCTV) February 16, 2017
War on Waste will air later this year on ABC.