Port Campbell's Grassroots Deli Cafe is fighting the war on waste

MINDFUL: Port Campbell Grassroots Deli Cafe owner Maria Gordon says on-the-spot fines for wasteful coffee lovers was a way to start a conversation about the town's war on waste. Picture: Mark Witte
MINDFUL: Port Campbell Grassroots Deli Cafe owner Maria Gordon says on-the-spot fines for wasteful coffee lovers was a way to start a conversation about the town's war on waste. Picture: Mark Witte

A Victorian cafe is handing out on-the-spot fines to people who use take-away coffee cups on the premises.

Grassroots Deli Cafe owner Maria Gordon, of Port Campbell, said it was frustrating to find people ordering their coffee in a take-away cup but still consuming them at the store.

"It's like, really? Why don't you just use a cup," she said.

"We really try and reduce our waste at the store so we've started fining people $1 and donating it to Sea Shepherd."

WASTE FREE: Grassroots Deli Cafe owner Maria Gordon with staff members Aimee and Jasper. They are clearly excited about saving the environment. Picture: Supplied.

WASTE FREE: Grassroots Deli Cafe owner Maria Gordon with staff members Aimee and Jasper. They are clearly excited about saving the environment. Picture: Supplied.

Ms Gordon said about 20 people had been fined in the three months since the initiative was started by staff member Jacquie James.

"It's really just a conversation starter about what we can do to combat our war on waste," she said.

"If everyone just does a little bit, the transformation could be amazing."

Ms Gordon said staff chose to donate the money to Sea Shepherd as a way to say thanks for their "amazing" conservation work.

"We have to make sure we're supporting people who are looking after our ecosystem," she said.

This story The cafe that hands out on-the-spot fines first appeared on The Standard.