Coffee is one of the top consumed items in Canada only second to water. It also happens to be one of the biggest polluters with billions of disposables being tossed each year. Coffee cups are generally not recyclable due to their difficulty in separating the materials that make up the cup. The cup is made up of paperboard and lined with plastic to make it leak proof and the lid is generally made with #6 plastic.
As of October 2018, the City of Sarnia is allowing coffee cups to be recycled in our single stream system, however, I wouldn’t get too comfy with this “improvement” as a new recycling contract comes into effect July 1, 2019. Changes are yet to be announced as far as we have discovered. Also, what we’ve learned from National Geographic’s expose on plastic in its June 2018 edition is that plastic recycling rates are dismal. Only 9% of plastic is recycled, and of that amount, it is downgraded into a weaker plastic which eventually finds its way into the landfill, or our oceans, regardless.
What can be done? There are a few solutions each with their own set of issues.
What can you do? Bring your own cup! Or of course, make it at home :). I broke the disposable habit over six months ago with a simple solution. If I don’t bring my cup, I don’t get coffee. Simple. I certainly learned very quick and haven’t used a disposable since then. You can also stay in and have your beverage served in their house cups if you have the time.
Now, you don’t need to break the bank to get a cup of coffee. Here are a few solutions:
If you decided to splurge on a new cup let’s crunch the numbers.
Who offers discounts for BYOC?
For example, if you get a coffee every day of the year you can save at least $0.10 x 365 days x 13% HST = $41.25. So, in a year you can start saving money compared to drinking from disposables (quality mugs are definitely less then $40)! Yay! Math is fun!
We believe rewarding good behavior is better than punishing so we are running a contest on Instagram to be entered for a chance to win a 12-oz Joco in the available colour of your choice!
>Tag us @greatlakesrefillco
>Use the hashtag #therefillco
>Show us that you are using your reusable coffee cup in your stories
Open to Sarnia-Lambton residents only. Multiple entries allowed. Contest closes January 31st, 2019 at midnight. Contest not affiliated with Instagram in any way. Feel free to tag the business you got coffee from as well!