Tim Hortons will transition to paper straws across Canada early next year

The move will eliminate around 300 million plastic straws used in Tim Hortons restaurants.

Press release

Tim Hortons is in the process of introducing paper straws in its 4,000 restaurants in Canada and plans to complete the transition from plastic by early 2021.

Almost 90 Tim Hortons restaurants in and near Vancouver have already eliminated the use of plastic straws. It’s estimated that the full transition to paper straws will eliminate around 300 million plastic straws from Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada over the next year.

“We take seriously our responsibility to help contribute to a cleaner Canada and we know our guests are eager to support us on our mission to reduce waste, encourage the use of reusable cups and dishes when it is safe to do so, and recycle and use recyclable materials,” said Hope Bagozzi, Chief Marketing Officer.

Tim Hortons says it welcomes the federal government’s proposed ban on single-use plastics. The chain has already started making progress on some of the goals:

  • Plastic straws: Will be eliminated by early 2021, keeping around 300 million plastic straws from Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada over the next year.
  • Plastic stir sticks: Already eliminated last year, with an estimated impact of eliminating 168 million pieces of plastic annually.
  • Plastic bags: Use limited to bulk orders, already eliminated in locations including Vancouver, Victoria and Newfoundland and Labrador. Will be eliminated in all restaurants in 2021.
  • Plastic cutlery: Testing of compostable cutlery is ongoing.
  • Hard-to-recycle food containers: There is limited use of black plastic food containers at Tim Hortons for some catering orders. We will transition to a more recyclable container in 2021.

Tim Hortons does not use plastic six-pack rings.

In addition to phasing out plastic straws, Tim Hortons launched a new strawless lid for iced cold beverages last year, which was estimated to remove 90 million plastic straws out of circulation annually. Meanwhile, the latest hot beverage lid introduced last year is made from polypropylene, a material that is 100 per cent recyclable and accepted in 95 per cent of curbside recycling programs across Canada. The lid continues to be rolled out to restaurants across the country.

A number of other sustainability initiatives at Tim Hortons restaurants will be announced soon.

SOURCE: Tim Hortons