A City of Peterborough release below reminds the public that Peterborough does recycle coffee cups...
A recent article in the Toronto Star told Torontonians to stop recycling their paper coffee cups. City of Peterborough Waste Management officials want residents here to know they can still recycle coffee cups in Peterborough.
“Coffee cups can be put into your 'Container' blue box and they will definitely be recycled.” says Waste Diversion Section Manager Virginia Swinson. “As always, we remind people to first remove plastic lids and stir sticks, as these are contaminants.”
While not all coffee cups are making it into the blue boxes, the City’s most recent curbside audit suggest between 60% - 70% do. The material is hand sorted at the City’s recycling facility, and is marketed along with the cartons that milk, juice and other liquid products come in.
“We really want all your paper coffee cups Peterborough!” Swinson emphasizes that every municipality has different recycling programs, different ways of sorting, different priorities, and sometimes, different markets. Peterborough is not the same as Toronto.