WOOLGOOLA cafe Ground Earth is tackling Australia's war on waste one plastic cup at a time, as the country continues to generate 52 million tonnes of rubbish each year.
Coffs Coast locals and Ground Earth cafe owners Dustin Bowie-Ford and Sasha Kennedy, are helping ease the amount of food and plastic going into landfill by reducing waste and increasing recycling as being a part of the sustainable, ethical and responsible cafe movement.
As coffee drinkers and citizens of a small community who share a culture of connection and conscious consumption, Mr Bowie-Ford and Mrs Kennedy hope to reduce the amount of plastic being produced, by reducing the amount of plastic being consumed.
"The problem is that they have a plastic lining on the inside which means they can't be recycled, and that's something most people don't realise," Reucassel said during episode 3 of the War on Waste series.
As a responsible cafe, Ground Earth promotes the use of
Mr Bowie-Ford said separation of food waste and educating staff on what materials to place in each recycling bin is not only simple and effective but also gives their small business a competitive edge.
"We are definitely one of the only businesses along the Coffs Coast at the moment who have numerous recycling bins out the back," he said.
"We separate soft plastics, we separate cardboard and plastic bottles and we maintain and clean all of our plastics before they go into the recycling bin so they can be recycled properly."
A sustainable alternative to plastic bags
The handmade Woolgoolga Borrow Bags are kept in store and can be used, borrowed and brought back - just like a boomerang - when customers have forgotten a reusable bag of their own.
Ground Earth cafe buys 'seconds' bananas from a local farmer, as they are generally never accepted by the big supermarket chains.
"We reduce the price of them in our store and basically use them not only for our smoothies but for wholesale too," said Mr Bowie-Ford.
"In addition, all of our organic food scraps go to our local chicken farmer and in return we get fresh eggs."