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Black plastic and coffee cups (GTA)

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  • Dec 5th, 2017 2:56 pm
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Black plastic and coffee cups (GTA)

1. IS black styrofoam not recyclable in Toronto?

2. Also, I know U of Toronto recycles coffee cups and other waxed paper food containers, but I went to the Air Canada Centre and somehow they included black plastic trays and coffee cups in their photo above the recycle box.

Can anyone verify that you can dump all your coffee cups and black plastic trays there, since Toronto doesn't accept those items?

I read it's because the scanners can't pick up the light reflected off the black plastic and hence can't sort it out.

Thanks
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I don't know about Toronto but most places doesn't recycle plastic #6 PS (polystyrene), which most, if not all coffee lids, are made off.

Tim Hortons I think for their cold drinks either had the cup or was it the lid that wasn't recyclable...same for sushi containers, certain are PS while others are #1 PET, so confusing, they should really just stick to recyclable plastic
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I just found out in the GTA that coffee cups are recyclable at U of Toronto campus at the various recycle bins and also at the RBC building basement cafeteria.

$6 plastic is recycled in the Toronto recycling program.
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Daijoubu wrote:
Sep 20th, 2017 11:22 am
I don't know about Toronto but most places doesn't recycle plastic #6 PS (polystyrene), which most, if not all coffee lids, are made off.

Tim Hortons I think for their cold drinks either had the cup or was it the lid that wasn't recyclable...same for sushi containers, certain are PS while others are #1 PET, so confusing, they should really just stick to recyclable plastic
Toronto actually recycles $6 plastic in their blue bin program. Coffee cups are recycled on U of Toronto campus bins or at some basement cafeteria of the RBC plaza building downtown.
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There's like 2 places in Montreal that takes #6, it's a shame really, no one will stock up on PS food trays, packaging and containers and drive all the way there to recycle it...wasting gas/time and poluting.
The sorting center should do that instead!

I really feel bad when throwing out huge chunks of PS packaging, knowing plastic takes 400+ years to vanish

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