A new initiative to recycle coffee cups in commercial and public buildings in B.C. has begun.
According to a report by Paul Henderson, general manager of solid waste services with Metro Vancouver, the regional district is working with partners in this initiative.
These partners are Encorp Pacific, popularly known as the recycling nonprofit Return-It, Tim Hortons, and A&W Canada.
“Materials including coffee cups, lids and sleeves collected during the pilot will be used to test and develop recycling solutions and end markets, encourage public participation and determine the viability of a broader, permanent program,” Henderson wrote in his report.
The report is included in the agenda Friday (February 14) of Metro Vancouver’s zero waste committee.
“Single-use coffee cups are accepted in the residential recycling programs operated by Recycle BC, but this pilot will be the first test of a comparable program for businesses,” according to Henderson.