"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them"
- Albert Einstein
The Tim’s Cup project aims to reduce the ecological footprint that UOIT has. One of the largest waste products at UOIT are Tim Horton’s cups, as students and staff are constantly lining up to grab a quick cup of coffee before classes. These cups are lined with a plastic coating that cannot be recycled by conventional recycling methods. The lids also cannot be recycled conventionally as well, and these cups and lids end up being sent to landfills. Tim Horton’s has developed a method to recycle these cups correctly, however it is a system only found at select recycling plants at the moment.
The current goal of this project is to collect these cups in separate bins on campus and have them diverted from being sent to landfills, whether they be sent to the recycling facilities that Tim Horton’s have implemented with their system or sent to facilities that provide other methods of recycling them, such as incineration to provide energy.
Having these Tim Horton’s cups sent to a separate recycling facility requires many different third party individuals, costs, and time, and is a quick and easy method to help reduce the impact our school has environmentally. However, there are other methods of recycling and repurposing these cups that would cost less, involve in house work, and less third parties. Some potential ideas that are currently in preliminary research phases include repurposing the Tim Horton’s cups into:
Our team is very cozy at the moment, with a total of 3 members. However, to sustain and grow this project over the years, we will require more people to join the project. Some qualifications we are looking for include: