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Tim Hortons to test deposit program for returnable coffee cups and packaging

Last Updated Oct 22, 2020 at 11:30 am MST

A Tim Hortons employee hands out coffee from a drive-through window to a customer in Mississauga, Ont., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Restaurant Brands International Inc. is reporting the pandemic took a big bite out of earnings in the second quarter, with sales down 21 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO — Tim Hortons has signed a deal with TerraCycle’s Loop program to test an option that would allow customers to pay a deposit and receive their order in reusable, returnable cups and food packaging.

Once the customer is done they could return the cups and other containers to a participating restaurant and have their deposit refunded.

Tim Hortons says the cups and food containers would then be cleaned, sanitized and used again.

The test program is expected to start next year at select Toronto restaurants.

Tim Hortons says it expects that over time, the Loop program will have a growing number of drop-off locations — both at Tim Hortons restaurants and elsewhere.

The company announced plans to give away nearly two million reusable cups in February but had to pause the plan due to the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2020.

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