Tim Hortons launches reusable and reusable cups pilot in Vancouver with Return-It as part of mission to reduce single-use waste

Building on a similar pilot project launched last year in Ontariowith this pilot, guests pay a $4 security deposit (plus tax) to borrow a reusable cup from one of the 10 participating Tims restaurants. The cup can then be returned at one of those Tims restaurants or at one of the 11 Return-It stations across the street from Vancouver, including in transit locations and other public areas. Return-It takes on the role of collecting, washing, sanitizing and returning the cups to Tim Hortons for guests to reuse. Once the pilot is complete, the results will be analyzed to help evaluate a scalable solution for a reusable cup program that is useful and helps us work with guests to reduce single-use waste.

“We are delighted to partner with Return-It on this pilot program as we work to make all of our guest packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable,” said Paul Yang, Senior Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Tim Hortons. “Tim Hortons has tested a number of ways to scale reusable and reusable packaging systems, and to increase the recyclability of disposable cups. Through this program with industry partners and the City of Vancouverwe hope to learn and develop innovative solutions for the future.”

In addition to the new reusable cup program, Tim Hortons is also working with Return-It on a pilot to encourage increased recycling of single-use paper and plastic cups. Tim Horton’s coffee and cold drink cups can already be recycled in British Colombia and are accepted through municipal curbside recycling programs. The pilot project with Return-It gives Vancouver residents more opportunities to recycle disposable cups, as they can be dropped off at the same Return-It stations where Tim Hortons reusable and reusable cups are collected, as well as at participating Tims restaurants.

The pilot will help evaluate the viability of a broader, ongoing program to collect single-use cups for recycling at a number of public drop-off points.

“We are excited to be working with Tim Hortons and our other partners to make a measurable difference in keeping single-use cups out of landfills and provide consumers with an easier option to reuse cups,” said John Nixon, President & CEO, Return-It. “We are always looking for innovative solutions that will improve recovery rates and benefit British Columbians and hopefully this program will act as a scalable template that can be rolled out in other communities.”

For more information about the Return-It pilot program, visit http://www.return-it.ca/cups. Visit one of the following Tim Hortons restaurants to participate in the pilot and help us reduce single-use waste:

  • 756 Davie Street.
  • 947 Hornby St.
  • 463 Robson Street
  • 678 Dunsmuir Street.
  • 607 Dunsmuirstr.
  • 750 West Pender St.
  • 555 Hastings St. W.
  • 200tu Burrard St.
  • 1055 West Georgia St.
  • 1299 Robson Street.

About Tim Hortons

In 1964, the first Tim Hortons® restaurant in Hamilton, Ontario opened its doors and Canadians have ordered Tim Horton’s iconic Original Blend coffee, Double-Double™ coffee, Donuts and Timbits® in the years since. Over the past 55 years, Tim Hortons has captured the hearts and taste buds of Canadians and has become synonymous with serving Canada’s favorite coffee. Tim Hortons is Canada’s largest restaurant chain operating in the fast service industry with nearly 4,000 restaurants nationwide. More than a coffee and bakery shop, Tim Hortons is part of the Canadian fabric and guests can enjoy hot and cold specialty drinks – including lattes, cappuccinos and espressos, teas and our famous Iced Capps® – in addition to a delicious breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, soups and more. Tim Hortons has more than 5,100 restaurants in Canadathe United States and around the world. For more information about Tim Hortons, visit http://www.TimHortons.ca

About Return-It

Return-It is an industry-owned non-profit organization whose core business is beverage container management. Its mandate is to develop, operate and improve systems to recover used beverage packaging and end-of-life products from consumers to ensure they are properly recycled and removed from the natural environment. This work includes the development and implementation of initiatives that provide new solutions to reduce waste. Return-It is also a founding member of the Canada Plastics Pact and has made a global commitment through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to help eliminate plastic pollution at source. In 2021, Return-It expanded its commitment to sustainability by announcing its social purpose, which is focused on creating a better future for people, communities and the planet: we exist to foster a world where nothing waste. Visit http://www.Return-It.ca for more information

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