Bringing you coffee cup recycling to your coffee shop, office, public & private organizations.
Together we can recycle one of the biggest pollutants of the environment!

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PROBLEM

Coffee Cups CANNOT be recycled in the recycle or blue bins.

Single use containers proliferate all over the planet in the staggering amount of 600,000,000,000 per year. 600 Billion. That’s a lot!

Problems recycling a coffee cup start with the fact most either walk out the door of a coffee shop or are driven away; all to be dispersed throughout communities left with the task and expense of sending them to landfill.

Once dispersed, cups end up co-mingled with other recyclables, food waste and garbage or simply on the street and in every imaginable spot.

Then there’s the polyethylene liner because first and foremost, the poly-cup was engineered not to drop scalding coffee onto the customer. Consequently the intact cup is slower to pulp and unfortunately is usually co-mingled with contaminants not acceptable to paper mills.

SOLUTION

We have found a way to recycle coffee cups!

The truth is coffee cups are manufactured from “polycote” paper stock; a recognized paper grade that is recycled by the truck load.

The main problem with recycling coffee cups is that the lid and any liquid has to be removed first because they are contaminants.

Also, coffee cups need to be shredded before paper pulp can be extracted from their waste. The polyethylene coating slows down the paper recycling process.  The shredding allows the plastic coating to be separated from the paper and discarded during the paper pulping process. That’s why the first thing a paper mill does is shred bales of polycote paper before sending the result to the digester.

StackitNOW shreds the stacked coffee cups we collect, beats the paper mill to the shredding process and blends it with other high-grade paper that will ultimately become tissue products.

StackitNOW is a simple system to recover the waste paper coffee cup wherever it appears.

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coffee cup recycling toronto

PROBLEM

Coffee Cups CANNOT be recycled in the recycle or blue bins.

Single use containers proliferate all over the planet in the staggering amount of 600,000,000,000 per year. 600 Billion. That’s a lot!

Problems recycling a coffee cup start with the fact most either walk out the door of a coffee shop or are driven away; all to be dispersed throughout communities left with the task and expense of sending them to landfill.

Once dispersed, cups end up co-mingled with other recyclables, food waste and garbage or simply on the street and in every imaginable spot.

Then there’s the polyethylene liner because first and foremost, the poly-cup was engineered not to drop scalding coffee onto the customer. Consequently the intact cup is slower to pulp and unfortunately is usually co-mingled with contaminants not acceptable to paper mills.

coffee cup recycling ontario

SOLUTION

We have found a way to recycle coffee cups!

The truth is coffee cups are manufactured from “polycote” paper stock; a recognized paper grade that is recycled by the truck load.

The main problem with recycling coffee cups is that the lid and any liquid has to be removed first because they are contaminants.

Also, coffee cups need to be shredded before paper pulp can be extracted from their waste. The polyethylene coating slows down the paper recycling process.  The shredding allows the plastic coating to be separated from the paper and discarded during the paper pulping process. That’s why the first thing a paper mill does is shred bales of polycote paper before sending the result to the digester.

StackitNOW shreds the stacked coffee cups we collect, beats the paper mill to the shredding process and blends it with other high-grade paper that will ultimately become tissue products.

StackitNOW is a simple system to recover the waste paper coffee cup wherever it appears.

But I was told coffee cups aren’t recyclable...

How it works

StackitNow™ solves the coffee cup recycling problem by engaging the coffee cup user in the solution to the waste coffee cup.

We manufacture Stackers™ for placement anywhere waste coffee cups end up, like coffee shops, business offices, colleges, churches, public and private organizations, etc.

StackitNOW™ is the system by which coffee cups are conveniently collected, without lids and stacked on our Stacker ™. The Stacker™ is made of polyethylene which is durable and easily cleaned of coffee drips.

Use of a Stacker™ engages the customer, makes certain lids are removed and prevents co-mingling with other contaminants. Its easy and habit-forming.

The Stacker™ is available at cost and is available in several sizes. The most popular is the triple-sized Stacker™.

The coffee cup user has to remove and discard the lid and any liquid in order to  stack the coffee cup onto our Stackers™.

With lids removed, cups are simply stacked on the loops of our Stackers™, collected as-needed and then stacked into a supplied storage/collection bag.

Once collection bags are picked up by StackitNow™ personnel, for a low monthly fee, they are removed to our location in Scarborough to be shredded and baled for the paper mills.

But I was told coffee cups aren’t recyclable...

The main problem with recycling coffee cups is that they are dispersed throughout our communities. So convenient, the poly-cup does its job so well that alternatives are difficult to find.

Municipal recycling programs such as the Blue Box have problems sorting out cups from other recyclables and even so, the results are too contaminated to bale and sell.

Then there’s the plastic lid. On top of the coffee cup it represents almost 20% of the combined weight and as mentioned, a real contaminant. It’s hard to make paper out of plastic!

Finally,  to recycle cups there needs to be a lot of them gathered…about 50,000 cups to a ton and truckloads shipped 25 ton at a time.

So how do we collect all those millions of cups out in our communities and recycle them?

The Coffee Cup Coalition

The Coffee Cup Coalition (CCC) is a creation of Carbon Neutral Shredding (CNS), a company that offers shredding services throughout the GTA. Participation is simple and free if you’re a customer of CNS. Otherwise coffee cups without lids can be collected, processed and recycled on a fee-for-service basis.

Coffee Cup Coalition Hubs™

Using a place such as a church, mosque or synagogue, library, hockey arena or school, these can all serve as hubs to which coffee cups are brought from the community.

Collected cups are stacked, placed into supplied bags, picked up, shredded and recycled.

The costs for service depend on many factors so we encourage anyone interested to contact us by phone (416)445-7157 or by e-mail (stack@stackitnow.ca).

Please do not return cups to coffee-serving businesses. As a food-serving environment, what is essentially a waste item cannot be brought into their locations. Its guaranteed whatever you return will be, if not refused, immediately garbaged.

Coffee Serving Establishments

As with CCC Hubs™, all coffee serving establishments are encouraged to cut their waste and offer customers the ability to have their emptied coffee cup recycled. Empty cups are simply placed onto a conveniently placed Stacker™, then collected by staff and placed into a supplied bag until collection takes place. Its as simple as it sounds.

Want to learn more about our coffee cup recycling service?

Fill out the form or call us at 416-445-7157

Are you a business owner, office manager or other establishment that accumulates coffee cups in their waste? Would you like to be part of the solution? Does it matter whether coffee cups are recycled and diverted from landfills?

We think it matters a lot.

It matters to your SELF-do what you can, any way you can, to help the environment and reduce your waste footprint.

It matters to your COMPANY-reduce your waste and champion sustainability.

It matters to your CUSTOMERS-they will make buying decisions based upon your environmental ethics.

It matters to your EMPLOYEES-who all want to work for a green, sustainable enterprise.

It matters to your CHILDREN-just ask any “enviro-teen” about the issues. They get it!

Our Point

You guessed it-it does matter and we need your business to make it happen.

Did You Know?

Our shredding trucks are fueled by a carbon neutral fuel source.

Celebrating 26 years in the shredding business, we successfully converted our first mobile shredding truck to run on waste vegetable oil in 2011. Vegetable oil represents a “carbon neutral” fuel because when burned , the CO2 emitted is exactly equal to the CO2 used in photosynthesis. That’s why we call ourselves Carbon Neutral Shredding.

Since 2012, CNS has been collecting coffee cups and shredding them along with confidential paper waste. The resulting co-mingled paper is baled and shipped to paper mills in Canada and the USA.

The Coffee Cup Coalition combined with StackitNOW™ is our answer to collecting and recycling the single-use poly-coted coffee cup.

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Featured Client!

Thank you to our client, Krave Coffee, for signing up to our coffee cup recycling program and becoming part of the solution!

Visit them and show them some love!

781 St Clair Ave W #2, Toronto

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Special Bundle Offer!

Coffee Cup Recycling + Document Shredding

Along with coffee cup recycling we also offer secure document shredding services. Combine the two services and receive a discount! Call us today to get a quote: 416-445-7157

 

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Congratulations 401 RICHMOND! 2000 cups in a month!

First of month, 401 Richmond gets their shredding/coffee cup collector’s “harvested”. July’s yield about 2000 cups along with paper for shredding. Fantastic participation by tenants and their employees. An iconic, re-claimed building by Urbanspace Property. Way to go 401 Richmond community!  

Featured on toronto.com!

Carbon Neutral Shredding and StackitNOW.ca are proud to be featured in toronto.com and the North York Mirror, along with our client Jubilee United Church! Way to go Jubilee United community for recycling your coffee cups and helping the environment! Click here for toronto.com article

Welcome Downtown Animal Hospital!

Downtown Animal Hospital now a member of the Coffee Cup Coalition. Woof Woof! Thank you for your business and doing your part for the environment! Support their business: Downtown Animal Hospital