Toronto considering ban on paper coffee cups
Mon Sep 15, 8:40 AM
TORONTO (CBC) - The City of Toronto is considering everything from a tax to an outright ban on objects like paper coffee cups, fast-food containers and plastic bags that clog the recycling system. ADVERTISEMENT
By 2010, Toronto wants to send only 30 per cent of its garbage to landfill sites.
But to achieve that goal, the city says, it needs to limit the garbage that takes up a lot of space - and that means reducing Styrofoam cartons, plastic bags and the ubiquitous paper coffee cup.
Among the proposals is adding a levy to coffee cups, or banning them altogether.
That will be a pretty draconian law indeed if Toronto went ahead to ban paper cups. Yet, it will be effective , very effective in reducing garbage for sure. And it will force everyone to reuse their mugs, cups e.t.c. Of course most everyone will not be happy.
However in the meantime, what they could do is invest and allow more easy means and ways for people to recycle paper cups. Why not have another recycle bin besides the garbage bins at every street intersection?