Two weeks ago I stopped at the Timmys just south of Gravenhurst, shown above, and walked to the edge of their parking lot with the puppy. Two feet beyond the edge of their own parking lot was this view.
That is what Tim Horton's is like. They sell 80% of the coffee in Canada and they really don't care what happens two feet beyond the edge of their property. So what if this is the view from the parking lot in the middle of scenic Muskoka.
another view from the Gravenhurst Tim Horton parking lot
The City of Toronto has complained before that it is tired of cleaning it up; Councillor Gord Perks said last year:
The city of Toronto, both in households, in street cleaning and in our parks, is paying for the fact the province will not regulate packaging and will not make the manufacturers and producers of that waste pay the cost of cleaning it up – which means the property taxpayer has to pay for it (and) we have to spend precious dollars from our parks department."
Timmy's spokesperson responded that "Tim Hortons urges customers not to litter, has placed recycling bins outside its outlets, and is a sponsor of the city's annual spring cleanup."
Now they have gone to war with the City, which wants them to redesign their cup. The City complains that a cardboard cup with a plastic lid screws up the recycling process by contaminating the paper with plastic. The city also wants stores to offer a 20 cent discount for those who bring their own mugs.
Spokesman Nick Javor responded that the company will "absolutely not" redesign its cups to suit Toronto, said Javor, who says plastic lids are the only leak-proof products on the market.
On the other hand, Starbucks is "currently engaged with city officials in "very productive meetings" aimed at making their cups recyclable."
Did I say they didn't care about two feet beyond?
Perhaps it's time for us to tell Tim Horton's what we think. Perhaps they should provide decent and adequate garbage handling and recycling at all of their stores. Perhaps they should try and cooperate with the City in dealing with their corporate detritus. Perhaps they should put a deposit on every paper cup so that the jerks who throw them onto the ground will be encouraged to bring them back.
Perhaps Canadians should buy their coffee somewhere else until they start taking responsibility for the garbage they generate.
Globe and Mail and Toronto Star
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