Coffee Cup Revolution percolating in Metro VancouverCoffee Cup Revolution percolating in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClassA80ADAEC89854DC3AE68BACB50416A49"><p>Metro Vancouver will contribute $18,000 over the next three years to support the Coffee Cup Revolution, an annual event that raises awareness on reducing the use of disposable items such as to-go coffee cups.</p><p>In 2017, the event enlisted over 200 ‘binners’ to collect nearly 55,000 discarded coffee cups and redeem them for a refund at a pop-up depot, to display the magnitude of disposable coffee cup waste and demonstrate what a coffee cup recycling system such as deposit refunds could achieve. </p><p>Disposable coffee cups are currently accepted for recycling in residential settings, but not in most public spaces and commercial sites where they are often thrown away as garbage.</p><p>The Coffee Cup Revolution event is also a forum for public agencies, businesses, journalists, students, NGOs, binners and other low-income residents to explore solutions for green communities across the region. The initiative combines environmental sustainability objectives of waste diversion and reduction with social and economic improvement for marginalized populations.</p><p>Metro Vancouver’s contributions, along with funding from other organizations including the City of Vancouver, Vancity, BC Housing and Simon Fraser University, will help support the costs of running the event including staffing, material and equipment rental, data collection, waste auditing, coffee cup refunds and roundtable discussions.<br></p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue38-coffeecups.jpg2017-12-18T08:00:00ZGP0|#afe17b9f-722f-4cdf-95b6-a4beab8b1484;L0|#0afe17b9f-722f-4cdf-95b6-a4beab8b1484|Issue 38;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass61E663EFBB574778AFEAD29B4A677F73"><p>​Metro Vancouver will contribute $18,000 over the next three years to support the Coffee Cup Revolution, an annual event that raises awareness on reducing the use of disposable items such as to-go coffee cups. <br></p></div>0