Coffee cup toolkit



Choose.Reuse. is a behaviour change toolkit for one of the most visible problem waste items: disposable coffee cups. It contains a suite of communications and tracking materials which any business can use within its office to encourage staff to take reusable cups when buying coffee. It’s designed to make wasteful takeaway coffee cups a last-resort option.    

As the generators of waste in an office building, occupants have a critical role to play in the quest to reduce, reuse, recycle. While not the biggest impact in terms of weight, coffee cups can take up a lot of space and volume in office bins. They are one of the most accessible and frequent decision points for a large number of office staff and our society more generally, with three billion takeaway coffee cups used in Australia every year. While there are some options for recycling in the market depending on location and contractor, research shows that the majority of these cups end up in landfill, and they contaminate recycling streams Great facilities and best practice waste streams in your office are largely pointless if your staff don’t know what should go in the recycling bin versus the rubbish bin, or think about what they consume and throw away.

This campaign challenges everyone to Choose.Reuse. Measure your office’s current coffee cup waste using our simple Waste Assessment tool, set a goal, download the elements of the toolkit you need below and start the Choose.Reuse. campaign.

If you'd like help running this campaign in your office, fill out this form and we'll be in touch, or you can contact us here.

Key elements

  • Coffee cup toolkit - lift screen creative

    Download the Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit lift creative to use in your office block.




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  • Coffee cup toolkit - A4 letterhead

    Download the Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit letterhead to use.




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  • Coffee cup toolkit - sample survey questions

    Download Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit suggested questions for establishing the existing habits of your staff.




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  • Coffee Cup toolkit - punchcard artwork

    Download the Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit punchcard artwork to print and use in your office.




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  • Coffee Cup toolkit - coaster artwork

    Download the Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit coaster artwork for printing and distributing in your office.




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  • CitySwitch Waste Assessment Tool

    Want to know the waste generation and recycling rates for your office? Use our CitySwitch waste assessment tool.


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  • Waste signage for your workplace

    Here's a suite of signage to help your workplace put materials in the correct bin.




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Related resources

  • CitySwitch Waste Assessment Tool

    Want to know the waste generation and recycling rates for your office? Use our CitySwitch waste assessment tool.


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  • Waste signage for your workplace

    Here's a suite of signage to help your workplace put materials in the correct bin.




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  • Coffee cup toolkit - CitySwitch logos

    These logos can be used alongside your own in the Choose.Reuse. coffee cup toolkit artwork.




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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.