16 Billion Single Use Coffee Cups a Year!

Single Use Coffee Cups

Litter is making Thunder Bay look like a massive trash dump

THUNDER BAY – Across our city, often buried in the snow is a mountain of litter. Go for a short walk along any major street and you see the mess left by people who simply don’t seem to care. Today in a short walk along one of our busy streets there was a tossed coffee cup every twenty steps. It was sad to see our city used as a trash container.

Come spring, and the mess is always massive. It makes our beautiful city look terrible.

Could a pro-active plan on single use coffee cups and takeout containers save Thunder Bay money?
Could a pro-active plan on single-use coffee cups and takeout containers save Thunder Bay money?

There is a massive number of single-use coffee cups used every year. Globally, according to GreenMatch, “16 billion paper cups are used for coffee every single year, which leads to 6.5 million trees cut down, 4 billion gallons of water going to waste, and enough energy to power 54,000 homes for a year also goes to waste”.

Sometimes it seems like most of those single-use cups are right here in Thunder Bay. That, of course, isn’t true, but it sure looks like it at times.

There is a simple solution. Re-usable Coffee Cups.

In many communities looking at the environmental impact and cost, civic leaders are looking for solutions.

In British Columbia, in the capital of Victoria, the city as a part of its four-year strategic plan are looking to ban single-use coffee cups and single-use take-out containers. Victoria has already banned plastic shopping bags.

In Thunder Bay, every spring and now through the efforts of Stand up 4 Cleanup, there are major efforts to keep our city looking clean and green.

Perhaps one of the solutions to the mess would be finding a way not to make it at all.

That old adage of an ounce of prevention saves a pound of cure comes to mind.

The city council should be directing Administration to examine ways to ban plastic bags and single-use coffee cups in our city. Thunder Bay could sure use the reduction in waste.

Clean – Green and Beautiful – Thunder Bay!

Facta non-Verba – Deeds not words.

That, of course, is just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.

James Murray

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