Tim Hortons mugs to help reduce waste
By Ben Fine
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..