Paper coffee cups can now be tossed in Calgarys blue recycling carts

Oct 5 2016, 3:30 pm

You don’t have to throw your paper coffee cup in the trash anymore, the City of Calgary is now accepting them in their blue recycling bins.

“We are pleased to start accepting paper coffee cups for recycling in the Blue Cart program and at community recycling depots,” said Waste & Recycling Services, Leader of Program Management, Sharon Howland in a release. “Residents have been asking us about coffee cup recycling for some time and we’re happy that we are now able to divert paper coffee cups from landfills to recycle them instead.”

The coffee cups and sleeves can go to recycling, but the plastic lids and any left over liquid inside the cup still need to be tossed out with the trash.

“Plastic lids may have recycling symbols on them, but that does not mean they are compatible with the Blue Cart program. The lids are too small and light for the recycling facility to properly sort them. They should be thrown in the garbage along with liquids, stir sticks, and straws,” explains Howland.

What can be recycled:

  • Empty paper coffee cups
  • Paper sleeves
  • Empty paper soft drink and fountain pop cups
  • Paper slushie cups
  • Paper frozen yogurt cup

What needs to be tossed in the trash:

  • Plastic coffee cup lids
  • Plastic drink lids
  • Plastic dome lids
  • Fountain pop/soft drink lids
  • Straws
  • Liquids / Ice
  • Stir sticks
  • Tea bags (can be composted)
  • Foam cups
  • Foam sleeves
  • Waxed cups
  • Spoons