The New Brunswick Solid Waste Association is suggesting that the province to put a deposit on paper beverage containers, including take-out coffee cups. It says the products should be recycled, not thrown in the garbage (or potentially tossed out the car window). Discarded coffee cups blight the urban landscape in New Brunswick, as in many other parts of Canada. But the solid waste association believes the problem would be cleaned up if the cups were worth five or ten cents each and coffee shops started to push recycling.
“They could have in their stores a recycle bin, so you could put it there. Or you could take that container to the redemption centre and get a fee back,” says Wayne Flinn, president of the association. Most coffee cups are coated with a thin layer plastic so they’re not biodegradable.