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cutiepie

11/29/2011 11:42:01 PM
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Tim Horton's Cups Not Recycable?

Was I the only one to know that these cups are not recycable. I have been putting them in the blue bin for over a year now, but my husband told me to stop. You'd think a company like that would do something to further help our environment wouldn't you? Just wanted to know how many people knew that the lids are ok, but not the cups...go figure!  
 
http://www.chrisd.ca/blog/416/half-of-tim-hortons-cups-are-recyclable-kind-of/  
 

 
 
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cohiba

11/29/2011 11:57:28 PM
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funny

I just noticed that too the other day at the hospital .. Ive been recycling them for many years. Just noticed a sign above a recycling bin in the hospital near the emerg... and was shocked as well... cant imagine how much waste is filling up the landfills from Timmies!! craziness

Puffins

11/30/2011 12:14:07 AM
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seriously!

they always seem to end up in ditches, parking lots, streets.... anywhere but garbages anyway..

mrsj

11/30/2011 12:52:15 AM
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....

It does look like Timmies is trying to recycle its cups....if you live in Nova Scotia.  
 
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/tim-hortons-introduces-cup-tray-program-004341494.html  
 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tim-hortons-launches-new-cup-to-tray-recycling-program-in-nova-scotia-132241378.html  
 
Tim Hortons 2010 Sustainability and Responsibility Report  
 
http://sustainabilityreport.timhortons.com/planet_overview.html  
 
- according to their interactive map- 1 location in Manitoba collects cups, tim bit boxes, soup bowls etc for recycling.

just_thinkin

11/30/2011 2:30:16 AM
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Plasticized cups and so on...

People seem to treat garbage bins and recycle bins as the same thing. I think that attitude may have been encouraged in the past when the city had everyone put everything into the same bin. Everything in a "mixed" load (garbage and recyclables) is likely going straight to landfill.  
 
I work in a place where I see cups, half-eaten food, etc., and all sorts of 'trash' left in the recycle containers.  
 
All the people with good intentions have their responsible attitude negated by morons who either won't walk a few more steps to the next garbage can or just don't care.  
 
http://www.brandon.ca/images/pdf/Sanitation/recycleGuide_english.pdf

NA

11/30/2011 4:28:52 AM
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What Puffins said...

... even if you could recycle them, if they can't make it to the trash/garbage - what makes anybody think they'll make it to a recycling bin?  
 
If I could recycle them, I would. I just hold onto it (even if it's an hour) till I can find a trash can or ask someone in a store if they wouldn't mind throwing it in the trash.

just maybe

11/30/2011 7:12:01 AM
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are any of the cups

Sorry Tims is not the only coffee establishment out there that sells coffee in paper cups and not the only ones that end up in the ditch from what I see.  
Littterbugs are the problem they do not discriminate what coffee cup or drink cup or paper bag or cig butts, bottles..whatever they just like to toss out the old window  
Tims has tried to set up garbage cans but they are not responsible for idiots who want to litter out streets and roadsides ..and no I am not a Tims coffee person just think they get a bad rap being singled out over littering cups  
MAybe these palces should have a enviro tax we seem to have to pay it on our juice boxes, etc at the grocery store and we recycle all of them here at our place and yes I know that charge was supposed to ahve been removed but it is just called something else now ..lol  
 
Edited by justmyview, 2011-11-30 07:16:09

Doug

11/30/2011 7:37:18 AM
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so

So we can send people to the moon but we can not make a decent cup that can be recycled!! I always thought it was just the lids.  
 
WE just need to use more mugs etc. I am glad they are working on it. Although once those cups get into the recycle stream I doubt there is large enough places/manufacturers to buy or use the those cups!  
 
That is one problem with recycling programs. Sometimes the cost to transport the product is prohibitive to markets that can use or want to buy the stuff. Fuel is not getting cheaper. In fact some areas of the country have caught recycle firms just putting product back into the dumps.  
 
I think one answer is to put a deposit on the majors cups. MCdonalds/TImmies etc and let them collect the coin and pay it out when a customer returns the cup.  
 
Just the big guys. The cups you can ID from mile away!  
 
 
 
Edited by Doug, 2011-11-30 07:40:22

traveller

11/30/2011 8:29:53 AM
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:)

  
justmyview said "Sorry Tims is not the only coffee establishment out there that sells coffee in paper cups and not the only ones that end up in the ditch from what I see.  
Littterbugs are the problem they do not discriminate what coffee cup or drink cup or paper bag or cig butts, bottles..whatever they just like to toss out the old window  
Tims has tried to set up garbage cans but they are not responsible for idiots who want to litter out streets and roadsides ..and no I am not a Tims coffee person just think they get a bad rap being singled out over littering cups  
MAybe these palces should have a enviro tax we seem to have to pay it on our juice boxes, etc at the grocery store and we recycle all of them here at our place and yes I know that charge was supposed to ahve been removed but it is just called something else now ..lol  
 
Edited by justmyview, 2011-11-30 07:16:09"

yup mcds wendys burger kings cups all go straight to the trash, at least tim and some a&w's have real cups in store, you could just sit and have your coffee

Spaghetti Monster

11/30/2011 8:45:06 AM
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In regards to....

"at least tim and some a&w's have real cups in store, you could just sit and have your coffee" this is true but during the RRRRRRoll up the RRRRRim promotion with every cup of coffee you get in a real mug you also bet another for the purpose of rolling up the rim then it is tossed into the waste stream.  
 
I have long thought they should be able to come up with another way to offer people a chance to win. Perhaps a scratch and win or a pull ticket. Both would be less wastefull.  
 
Tim Horton's does try to counter their ecological footprint with other means but they are not as obvious as the countless number of cups littering the highways and byways of the country.

NA

11/30/2011 9:25:15 AM
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Yeah..

it is not just tims. All that mcdonalds stuff, burger king etc.. none of those are recycable. Which is why on roads and parking lots you see full bags just laying there.  
They definetly need recycable stuff for fast food.

NA

11/30/2011 9:31:15 AM
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Hmm...

... you know, I bought a bag of Sun Chips the other day - and the bag is fully compostable (that even a word?). Why can't fast food joints and that make their wrappers and that compostable?  
 
I mean, sure... I'd love for people to stop littering. I really would. It's not like it takes much to throw something in the garbage... but... why not do something like that?  
 
Just an idea.

jusumgrl

11/30/2011 10:25:23 AM
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none of them are

Its because of the wax on the inside of the cups so they can hold liquid at least they make the lids recyclable but in order for them to make the cups recyclable it would cost a lot of money and with people not even recycling platic bottles its pointless there are a lot of people put there that recycle but I believe the majority don't. Its sad really we can do so much better for our earth and all it takes is a few more seconds.

Extreme Electronics

11/30/2011 10:26:05 AM
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Timmies does charge a fee

Next time you are there carefully watch the display on the till and a charge comes up for 2 or 3 cents- they call it a recycling fee I believe. I am not sure if it shows up on your reciept though. But if the cups are not recyclable, where is that fee going. Also Manitoba Stewardship eliminated the enviro levy on plastic bottles a year and a half ago -but we are sill paying it on milk, coke, pepsi etc. What gives?

Decker

11/30/2011 10:43:54 AM
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need to recycle or trash it

By the look of my rural road I'd swear that people think they can recycle their cups and bottles ! I just learned the coffee cups are not for recycle too. What a shame. Why can't people keep their trash in their vehicles and put it in a proper trash bin. These fast food and coffee places need to get on the recycle plan.  
Next time I clean up the road side I am tempted to leave the trash "dumped out" on Timmies or McDonal's lot !!

whoknows

11/30/2011 12:10:22 PM
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Tim's cups

The hospital gets charged for anything that isn't recycle found in recycle bags which at one time was costing a lot so to avoid this cost entire bags of recycle are being thrown out with the regular garbage because of Tim's cups. So not only are the Tim's cups not being recycled but not much else is either.

crystalclear

11/30/2011 12:33:45 PM
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lol

  
Cheeky Monkey said "... you know, I bought a bag of Sun Chips the other day - and the bag is fully compostable (that even a word?). Why can't fast food joints and that make their wrappers and that compostable?  
 
I mean, sure... I'd love for people to stop littering. I really would. It's not like it takes much to throw something in the garbage... but... why not do something like that?  
 
Just an idea. "

Not trying to sound rude but have you tried to drink out of compostable cups?  
I went to a wedding a while back (outdoor wedding) and all the plates, cups and cutlery was compostable. Everything worked well except the cups, after they had been sitting in the sun for about 10 min. There were quite a few near misses of drinks on peoples clothes as well as about 3x as many cups used.  
 
Although now that I think back, it was kinda funny watching everyone slowly pick up and check their cup before drinking out of it LOL.

zombie

11/30/2011 12:35:03 PM
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Cheeky Monkey said "... you know, I bought a bag of Sun Chips the other day - and the bag is fully compostable (that even a word?). Why can't fast food joints and that make their wrappers and that compostable?  
 
I mean, sure... I'd love for people to stop littering. I really would. It's not like it takes much to throw something in the garbage... but... why not do something like that?  
 
Just an idea. "

Read http://www.cockeyed.com/science/compost_chips/sunchips.php  
 
(disregard the fact the URL has the "bad" word in it, the guys last name is cockerham)  
 
He put a sun chips bag in his compost heap for 25 weeks, there was very little degradation of the sun chips bag during that time.  
 
In a hundred years or something, maybe it will have degraded/decomposed to a measurable level, but I think it's more a marketing gimmick to sucker in the "eco minded" consumer.

RyanShelly

11/30/2011 12:36:51 PM
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compostable

I love the idea of compost-able... but that bag is SOOOOO noisy!  
I wish Tim's could set up some kind of quick wash for reuse-able cups... then all those people could hand in their travel mug instead of making garbage... It is mainly drive thru anyway... But until all those people care... Tim's won't care.

DJN

11/30/2011 12:41:31 PM
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Why Tim's is particularly guilty

But Tim's is the only place that tries to force cups on you. I almost always bring my own reusable coffee cup (much better than recycling), but whenever "roll up the rim" is playing, they try to give me an empty cup. The big winner in this contest is the landfill!

NA

11/30/2011 12:43:34 PM
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Apr 2011
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.!.

I wasn't just talkin' coffee cups. I'm talking everything - BK, Mcdonalds, Starbucks. Every one of these I've seen scattered around the streets and sidewalks and on lawns and just everywhere.  
 
So I'm attempting to look at what someone has done, and maybe haven't perfected it yet - but at least they are trying.

crystalclear

11/30/2011 12:50:55 PM
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cheeky monkey

Sorry - I just reread your post and it was nothing about cups. Just as soon as I saw the word compostable the picture in my mind was of the cups at the wedding lol.  
The wrappers being compostable is a good idea altough I have to wonder - how many people actually compost?  
 
Edited by crystalclear, 2011-11-30 12:52:38

traveller

11/30/2011 1:10:14 PM
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:)

  
Spaghetti Monster said ""at least tim and some a&w's have real cups in store, you could just sit and have your coffee" this is true but during the RRRRRRoll up the RRRRRim promotion with every cup of coffee you get in a real mug you also bet another for the purpose of rolling up the rim then it is tossed into the waste stream.  
 
I have long thought they should be able to come up with another way to offer people a chance to win. Perhaps a scratch and win or a pull ticket. Both would be less wastefull.  
 
Tim Horton's does try to counter their ecological footprint with other means but they are not as obvious as the countless number of cups littering the highways and byways of the country. "

as i'm one of the few that don't drink coffee i forgot about Roll up the rim thing lol but it would be nice if they used scratch tickets instead then they could give one with other drinks too?  
 
while recycling would be nice lots of other drink cups are on the road too so i'm not sure why tims is getting picked on


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