Coffee Cup Revolution
Every year, thanks to sponsorship and community support, Binners' Project hosts the Coffee Cup Revolution to demonstrate what a coffee refund system can achieve as well as openly dialogue about how binning can support green communities, and vice versa.
In 2017, 210 binners collected 53,783 cups off Vancouver streets in just 3 hours.
In the process, Binners' Project engaged thousands of people across the province in an open conversation about green inclusive cities.
Here's how we do it
The pop-up depot
Binners' Project members design, set-up, and run the depot that serves 150+ binners, who exchange 50,000+ cups for 5¢ a cup, administering thousands of dollars in refunds.
The roundtable discussions
Parallel to the depot, binners pair with community leaders to co-facilitate open discussions between binners, planners, organizations, and the public on a variety of topics related to green, inclusive economies.
The depot garners considerable community and media interest before, during, and well after the event, propelling our year-round educational work on waste diversion and economic inclusion, especially as it relates to coffee cups - here's a sample:
The Coffee Cup Revolution and related public education and community engagement work is possible thanks to the financial support of local businesses, organizations, and foundations.
To learn more about how you can financially support this event, contact Brianne at brianne (at) binnersproject (dot) org.
Thank you to our sponsors...!
Why do we need a revolution?
Every week, 2.6 million coffee cups are thrown away in Vancouver, in addition to unknown amounts of plastic and polystyrene foam cups. These cups (and their accompanying lids and sleeves) make up about a quarter of the litter on city streets, parks, and in other public spaces.
In Vancouver, coffee cups can only be recycled in residential blue 'containers' bins. This is because coffee cups are poly-coated, which makes them difficult to recycle.
In 2016, 78 per cent of refundable cans and bottles are being recycled, and the Coffee Cup Revolution is our way of showing the city, region, and province that the same is possible for coffee cups.
Binners are ready and willing to help with separating and returning coffee cups the same way they do with other containers. But without an incentive to do so, they simply can't afford to free up space in their bags and carts.