Normally I would not agree with corporate types but in regards to the complaint by Tim Horton’s on the recycling tax on coffee cups I do.
There seems to be a growing trend by recycling companies to recycle only that which is easy to do so and to down load the expense to other corporate and noncorporate entities for ensuring they do not have to change as production changes.
Nick Javor, senior vice-president of corporate affairs for Tim Horton’s is correct “[they are] not a waste-management company.”
As far as I know wax is not a dangerous substance to the environment. It just clogs up old fashioned recycling machines. We need to force waste management companies to recyle more rather than less, or recycling becomes useless.
Here are a few items that are not recyclable in many municipalities.
toys, make-up jars,
caulking tubes, clear egg
cartons, fruit and vegetable
containers, food storage
containers, drinking cups and
take-out food containers,
molded bakery item trays,
pails with metal handles,
motor oil jugs, bags, plant
trays and flower pots, foam
cups, dishes and egg cartons
(polystyrene or Styrofoam)
dishes, cups, crystal,
window glass, light bulbs,
mirrors, pottery, pots and
pans, make-up jars
pots and batteries
aluminum: foil wrap and
bags (i.e. potato chip bags)
paper, foil gift wrap, waxed
Fluorescent light bulbs
How long is this list going to grow to?
It seems they will only take those items that allow them to make the most money on resale of the products. If it is too expensive to recyle and thus not profitable they just don’t want to take it.
I think it is time that we stop taking this nonsense from waste management companies we pay you to do a job not make money on our waste. Niether Tim Horton’s or the general public are paid to to do your job for you.
Take the damn cups !
Tim Hortons executive rejects tax on coffee cups
Updated Fri. May. 11 2007 10:35 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
A Tim Hortons executive is rejecting a proposal from a Toronto city councillor to impose a tax on non-recyclable coffee cups.
“This would only polarize people; it’s absolutely the wrong way to go,” Nick Javor, senior vice-president of corporate affairs for the chain, told the Toronto Star.
The chain’s current cups cannot be processed through Toronto’s recycling systems because they have an incompatible wax lining.
On Wednesday, Toronto councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker said the city should place a 25- or 30-cent tax on companies that sell coffee cups and containers that are not made out of recyclable material.
Javor blamed the problem on the variance in the recycling programs of various cities throughout Ontario. Currently, Windsor and Hamilton are able to process the cups.
He said Tim Hortons has made progress on different fronts by composting coffee grounds and selling coffee for 10 cents less to people bringing in a mug.
The company is now testing cups lined with corn starch but Javor said he wasn’t sure if they’ll hold up or if they’ll be in full supply.
“We’re not a waste-management company,” he said. “Our product is very price-sensitive.”
Baeremaeker said he hopes to have a major initiative in place by the end of the year.
“We’re working with people like Tim Hortons to say, `You’re not in the blue box program yet — you have to come into the system,'” he told the Star on Wednesday.
“Tim Hortons wants to be good citizens. They’re voluntarily coming here and saying, `We want to recycle; we don’t want our cups to be in the garbage or into your local parks or into your local streams.'”