Tim Hortons® introduces NEW EcoCup™ pods - a new way to enjoy the same great-tasting Tim Hortons Coffee while doing your part to divert waste from landfills (where available).
Recycle EcoCup™ pods in 3 easy steps
After brewing, let your pod cool and follow these 3 easy steps. By following this process, you can divert 95%* of the waste from landfills (where available).
* By Weight
Locate the tab above the embossed arrow on the capsule and then snap.
Peel away the lid from the outer cup and separate the lid from the filter.
Recycle the outer plastic cup where #6 polystyrene plastic is accepted (check with your local recycling service provider). Compost the coffee grinds, and place the remaining lid and filter in the trash.
Let's Recycle BC! EcoCup™ pods need to be separated in order to recycle.
To drive the recycling of our new EcoCup™ format, Tim Hortons will be hosting a number of demonstration events to show how to Snap, Separate, and Sort these new pods.
From October to December, Tim Hortons will be challenging British Columbians to Snap, Separate and Sort their new EcoCup™ pods after showing how it’s done through Live Demonstrations and Animations.
In addition, Tim Hortons is partnering with Multi Material British Columbia (MMBC), the non-profit organization that finances and manages much of the province’s residential recycling program, to track what comes in from recycling bins and how it flows through the system.
In early 2016, we will release the results of this study to help inform how municipalities across North America may include this packaging in their own recycling programs.
Let’s get started and begin to snap, separate, and sort our pods!
What makes the single-serve pod recyclable?
The unique design of Tim Hortons EcoCup allows you to easily snap, separate and sort the components for maximum waste diversion. By separating the lid and filter from the plastic cup, you can recycle the outer cup, made from #6 polystyrene plastic, where it’s accepted. You can also separate the filter from the lid and compost the grinds in your garden or compost bin.
By separating and sorting, 95% of the waste from the pod is diverted, with only the filter and lid going in the garbage. The recyclable cup is a natural clear colour, so that it can be repurposed more easily for its next life.
Currently, #6 polystyrene plastic is accepted in most recycling programs in British Columbia – check with your local municipalities.
Is the entire single-serve pod recyclable?
No. The plastic outer cup is recyclable anywhere #6 polystyrene plastic is accepted, with the filter and lid going in the garbage. When you snap, separate and sort the single-serve pod, you are able to divert 95% of waste.
Can you explain, step-by-step, what I have to do to get my pod ready for the recycling bin?
After letting the pod cool, there are three steps for getting it ready for the recycling bin: snap, separate and sort.
Snap tab and peel back.
Separate the lid and filter from the outer plastic cup.
Sort the components, placing the outer plastic cup in the recycling bin, wherever #6 polystyrene plastic is accepted, and the lid and the filter in the garbage. You can also separate the filter from the lid and compost the grinds in your garden or compost bin.
How long do I have to wait before separating?
It depends on what you’re comfortable with – you can do it right away but it might be hot. If so, let it cool down to a temperature that you’re okay to touch.
Will it be accepted in my community?
If you separate your EcoCup™ pods the outer cup is accepted in the vast majority of BC recycling programs. But please check with your specific local recycling program to ensure that the #6 plastic cups are accepted.
Why are you advertising only in BC?
In order to understand recycling behavior, we chose to organize a program with one jurisdiction (British Columbia) to gather learnings on the technical side as well as the ability to drive behavior changes for single-serve coffee drinkers through recycling education. We will then share results with the rest of the country before promoting nationally.