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Tim Hortons expands plastic-free coffee cup lid trial in Canada

The 12-week trial at 23 Tim Hortons’ stores on Prince Edward Island builds on the chain’s efforts to replace single-use plastic straws, cutlery and food lids with more sustainable alternatives

The Prince Edward Island trial will feature an ‘improved version’ of the lids tested in Vancouver | Photo credit: Tim Hortons


Tim Hortons has commenced a 12-week trial of plastic-free, recyclable coffee cup lids across its 23 stores in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island. 

The lids form part of the Canadian coffee chain’s ‘five-year journey’ to develop more sustainable packaging solutions and follows a similar trial in Vancouver in the first quarter of 2023 – which helped reduce more than 3.3 million plastic lids.  

The Prince Edward Island trial will feature an ‘improved version’ of the lids tested in Vancouver. 

 “We're excited to ask Islanders to help us test this new, plastic-free and recyclable lid for Tim Hortons hot beverage cups. We’re known for serving Canada’s favourite coffee, so it's important that we develop a best-in-class solution for our guests,” said Paul Yang, Senior Director of Procurement, Sustainability and Packaging, Tim Hortons. 

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Wider Tim Hortons measures to reduce single-use plastics in Canada include the introduction of wooden and fibre cutlery, paper straws and fibre lids on food packaging.  

Tim Hortons currently operates 3,894 stores across Canada, more than half of which are in Ontario. The coffee chain also operates nearly 2,000 outlets across 17 international markets. 

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