Vancouver's mugshare program is tackling pollution one cup at a time

Dec 1 2021, 8:45 pm

Some of the best cafes in the world call Vancouver home, which means there are a heck of a lot of cups being used and thrown away every single day.

In fact, 2.6 million cups per week are thrown out in Vancouver alone, a phenomenon costing the city $2.5 million annually to dispose of.

But thankfully, there’s a solution.

The snazzy black mugs with teal blue lids that you’ve seen around town don’t just look great; they’re part of a mug-sharing program that’s tackling pollution here in our city.

The Vancouver-based company, mugshare, started the social impact program back in 2016 to provide a safe and reusable alternative to single-use cups.

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The way it works is, you order a drink at any mugshare partner location and ask for a mugshare mug. You pay a $5 deposit, enjoy your drink and return your mug at any mugshare location for your reimbursement.

Here is a list of mugshare partner locations: 

  • CafĂ© Super Veloce – 1067 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Di Beppe CaffĂ© – 2 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • Giovane CaffĂ© ​- 1049 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
  • JJ Bean Coffee Roasters – 6005 University Boulevard, Vancouver and 740 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • Chickpea – 4298 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Dalina – 687 Main Street, Vancouver and 992 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Continental Coffee House – 1806 Commercial Drive, Vancouver and 4295 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Loafe Cafe – 6163 University Boulevard, Vancouver

With so many awesome spots on the list, there’s no reason not to switch over to the environmentally friendly alternative.


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So during the season of giving, consider giving back to the community at large and helping the environment with a reusable mug, especially since starting January 1, 2022, the City of Vancouver will charge a $0.25 fee for every individual-use cup.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Manisha SinghManisha Singh

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