Circular Materials, a national non-profit producer responsibility organisation, has launched a beverage cup recycling programme in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Introduced on Wednesday (3 July), the programme allows Toronto residents to recycle both hot and cold paper-based and plastic-lined beverage cups from their homes and other eligible locations.  

The initiative extends to single and multi-residential homes, long-term care homes, and schools within the city. 

The pilot is expected to significantly cut down the waste generated from beverage cups and support the development of proactive recycling management and efficiency enhancement across the province. 

This programme is the first step in a plan to integrate these materials into recycling systems across all Ontario municipalities by 2026.  

Circular Materials is the administrator of Ontario’s common collection system. It is also in charge of the new system’s operations for Blue Box materials. 

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The company aims to raise the recycling rates in Ontario and bring more materials into the circular economy.  

Circular Materials CEO Allen Langdon said: “We’re excited to introduce this pilot that allows Torontonians to recycle hot and cold beverage cups. This initiative represents a major step forward in our mission to enhance recycling processes and efficiency. By collaborating on projects like this, we can improve recycling outcomes, create new efficiencies, and meet performance targets. 

“This pilot not only expands the range of recyclable materials accepted in Toronto but also sets the stage for broader recycling advancements across Ontario.”