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The City of Vancouver is aiming to decrease coffee cup and other waste by 50% in five years, and wants Vancouver residents, businesses and organizations to weigh in on whether they would be open to a coffee cup refund system, among other options, to help get there.
As a part of their Single Use Item Reduction Strategy, the City released a consultation paper that explains an estimated 2.6 million hot and cold paper beverage cups are disposed of as garbage each week in Vancouver.
A coffee cup refund system, whereby consumers would pay a deposit that will be refunded when the cup is returned for recycling, is one of the proposed solutions to this waste problem.
Binners, people who supplement their income looking for refundable recyclables, have been saying for years that they would welcome the light-weight addition to their trips to the bottle depot.
The City is asking for your feedback by December 15th on how to move forward with reducing single-use items in Vancouver landfills. According to the website, here’s how you can contribute to the process:
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Additionally, the City will host a series of roundtable discussions in the fall with interested stakeholders. These meetings will review the information contained in the consultation paper.
If you are interested in participating in a meeting, please email the City at: email@example.com
Although a refund system is ultimately a decision made by the Provincial Government, without the City's support it is unlikely to gain the momentum it needs to become a reality. As such, we encourage everyone to provide their feedback to the City.
Lastly, stay engaged with the conversation around a refund system for coffee cups by attending the Coffee Cup Revolution in Victory Square Park on October 16th - click here to register and to find out more about the event.
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On September 10, 2015, the Coffee Cup Revolution took place for the second consecutive year in Vancouver’s Victory Square, Vancouver.
Over 130 binners collected coffee cups from around the Lower Mainland for a 5-cent refund. Over 31,000 cups were diverted from the landfill.
For the first time, binners were part of a social innovation program at the West 4th Avenue Khatsahlano Street Party, to educate the public on recycling, monitor waste, and demonstrate their valuable contribution.
In the summer 2015, Joanne Lin, a Master’s of Public Health student from the University of Guelph, conducted a policy review for the Binners’ Project while completing a practicum at the UBC Learning Exchange.
The following review focuses on binning and the waste management of beverage containers in British Columbia to identify policy options that binners could support.
You’ve seen them hunt for cans, bottles and plastic containers. Now, binners in Downtown Vancouver are on the look-out for coffee cups too. They’ll be turning in used coffee cups for a 5¢ bounty at Victory Square. The pop-up coffee cup depot is expected to redeem up to 40,000 cups from street litter.
Click here for more information on the Coffee Cup Revolution.