Detpak, Adelaide global packaging specialist, offers recycling boon with plastic-free cups

The RecycleMe plastic-free paper coffer cup produced by Detpak, a division of Adelaide's Detmold Group.
Image courtesy Daily Coffee News

Paper coffee cups, without the plastic that had prevented recycling, were a revolutionary addition in 2017 to the range of Adelaide-based global specialty packaging maker Detpak. Detpak is part of the Detmold Group, founded by Colin Detmold as C.P. Detmold in 1948, making toilet rolls and other paper products in a small factory in Flinders Street, Adelaide.

In 1955, the company moved to Brompton and is still headquartered in the suburb at Chief Street. After continued growth, Detmold Group is still owned and operated by the Detmold family. The group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of paper and board products, employing more than 2500 people globally, with manufacturing in seven countries, and 23 sales offices.

Detpak was formed in 1981, dedicated to foodservice packaging. In 1984, the business expanded from Australia into Singapore, then South Asia in the 1980s, and China and North Asia in the 1990s. Detpak grew with the foodservice market and in the 1990s moved into the Middle East and South Africa in the 2000s. Detpak produced more than 1000 paper and board packaging and services to clients such as KFC, McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks, Burger King and Starbucks. 

Detpak’s market-leading product innovations include the Ripple-Wrap™ hot cup. Its RecycleMe paper plastic-free coffee cup promises another revolution in breaking down manufacturers'  resistance to plastic-free cups.

From 2017, Detpak, backed by Planet Ark, introduced a collection scheme for cups using specialist coffee outlets. Customers can drop their cups in giant blue bins at stores across Australia. Cafes pay $20 for a weekly collection of the cups by partner Shed-X. The cups can then be recycled up to seven times.

Specialist operator First Pour in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide, a coffee supplier to about 40 cafes, was among the first to adopt the RecycleMe concept.

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