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Tim Hortons mugs to help reduce waste

By Ben Fine
Gazette Staff

Cheap travel mugs are coming to Western by the truckload in an effort to reduce Tim Hortons’ waste, part of the first phase of a campaign geared toward promoting campus conservation.

EnviroWestern, Western’s student environmental advocacy club, has teamed with Hospitality Services to offer a Tim Hortons travel mug at cost as part of their ongoing campaign to reduce campus waste and promote recycling. EnviroWestern hopes the mugs, which range in price from $2.25 to $2.85, will lower the volume of consumption of Tim Hortons cups on campus.

Mary Rendell, EnviroWestern’s VP-external affairs, said she was confident the promotion would be appealing to students. “Not only are these mugs super cheap, but you get a free coffee with the purchase of a mug and a 10 cent discount every subsequent time,” she said.

“We really just want to get students thinking about their behaviours and to realize the impact that their behaviours have on the environment,” Rendell said, noting that the number of Tim Hortons cups consumed on campus is estimated at 150,000 per year.

“Hospitality services has been great so far in meeting with us and deciding to commit to a long-term partnership with EnviroWestern to make Western a more environmentally friendly and aware campus,” Rendell said. “This is just the beginning of events that will be held by EnviroWestern and Hospitality Services.”

“I think its a good idea,” said third-year economics student Munib Hassan. “I don’t know if I have enough faith in myself,” he said about remembering his reusable mug every time he bought a coffee.

Gerry Lahay, operations manager of Hospitality Services, said he recognized this promotion was only one short-term step towards improving Western’s environmental commitment.

“What this is doing long-term is pushing recycling to the forefront,” Lahay said, noting that summer months will be used to effectively address the issue, including the relocation of recycling bins and advertisements.

The Tim Hortons travel mugs will be available in the University Community Centre tomorrow between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..



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