TORONTO – Tim Hortons says it is in the process of introducing paper straws in its 4,000 restaurants in Canada and plans to complete the transition from plastic by early 2021.
Almost 90 Tim Hortons restaurants in and near Vancouver have already eliminated the use of plastic straws. The company estimates that the full transition to paper straws will eliminate around 300 million plastic straws from Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada over the next year.
“We take seriously our responsibility to help contribute to a cleaner Canada and we know our guests are eager to support us on our mission to reduce waste, encourage the use of reusable cups and dishes when it is safe to do so, and recycle and use recyclable materials,” said Hope Bagozzi, chief marketing officer.
Tim Hortons welcomed the federal government’s announcement last Wednesday detailing a plan to eliminate harmful single-use plastics.
In addition to straws the fast food chain eliminated plastic stir sticks last year, with an estimated impact of getting rid of 168 million pieces of plastic annually.
The company says it uses plastic bags for bulk orders in a limited number of locations. It has stopped their use in Vancouver, Victoria, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and will stop using them entirely by 2021.
The company says it is also testing compostable cutlery, and shifting away from black plastic for catering orders.
In addition to phasing out plastic straws, Tim Hortons launched a new strawless lid for iced cold beverages last year, which was estimated to remove 90 million plastic straws out of circulation annually.
Meanwhile, the latest hot beverage lid introduced last year is made from polypropylene, a material that is 100 percent recyclable and accepted in 95 per cent of curbside recycling programs across Canada. The lid continues to be rolled out to restaurants across the country.