Tim Hortons testing ‘environmentally friendly’ lids in Ottawa and Gatineau

Some Tim Hortons locations in Ottawa and Gatineau are testing new plastic-free, fibre coffee lids, says the company in a release on Monday.

It is part of a six-week project to help reduce single-use plastics in Tim Hortons stores by helping to develop a guest-friendly alternative to plastic lids that are easier to compost or recycle.

“We’ve worked hard on developing a fibre lid that feels like our current lids but is plastic-free,” says Paul Yang, Tim Hortons’ senior director of procurement, sustainability and packaging.

“These fibre lids are part of our five-year journey to develop more innovative solutions for all our packaging.”

Over the past year, the coffee giant has transitioned several packaging items from plastic, including introducing wooden and fibre cutlery and replacing plastic lids on Loaded Bowls with fibre lids.

A similar fibre coffee lid was trialled across Vancouver in early 2023 and the company says it helped reduce the use of more than 3.3 million plastic lids. Another 12-week test was conducted in Prince Edward Island earlier this year.

Tim Hortons testing plastic-free and recyclable hot beverage lids in select Tims restaurants in Ottawa for up to 6 weeks. (CNW Group/Tim Hortons)

Starting this week, the new lids are expected to be rolled out at the following locations:

  •  Ottawa International Airport
  •  1000 Airport Parkway Private Ottawa
  •  187 Bank Street Ottawa
  •  263 Bank Street Ottawa
  •  423 Cumberland St Ottawa
  •  90 Elgin Street Ottawa
  •  145 Jean-Jacques-Lussier Private Ottawa
  •  800 King Edward Ottawa
  •  800 King Edward Ave Ottawa
  •  161 Laurier Ave Ottawa
  •  100 Metcalfe Street Ottawa
  •  200, Promenade Du Portage Gatineau
  •  330 Queen St Ottawa
  •  50 Rideau Street Ottawa
  •  99-99 Rideau Street Ottawa
  •  171 Slater Street Ottawa
  •  275 Slater St Ottawa
  •  525 Somerset Street West Ottawa
  •  200 Sparks Street Ottawa

“We’re excited to ask Ottawans to help us test this new, plastic-free and recyclable lid for Tim Hortons hot beverage cups,” says Yang. “We’re known for serving Canada’s favourite coffee, so it’s important that we develop a best-in-class solution for our guests.”

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