Tim Hortons is trying something new. 

Five Burlington locations of the popular restaurant are taking part in the chain’s pilot program for reusable cup and food containers. Launched on Nov. 1, patrons at the 1220 Brant St., 2201 Brant St., 3485 Harvester Rd., 4033 New St., and 29 Plains Rd. locations can try out the new containers.  Paul Yang, Senior Director of Sustainability and Packaging for Tim Hortons, said they hope to learn from the Burlington-based project.

“Through this test we’ll start learning how guests respond to a reusables and returnable packaging system — what they like or don’t like — with the aim of refining a system that is seamless and enjoyable for more guests in more cities in the future,” said Yang.

The way it works is the returnable cup and food containers are made available for guests to use for a $3 deposit per item. Deposits will be refunded via the Loop mobile app, which must be registered with a bank account.

Guests can use any of the return bins located at the five participating restaurants to return their reusable cups or food containers. All returned containers are washed and sanitized before they become available to be reused. The project makes use of reusable packaging created by Tupperware and a platform developed by the recycling company TerraCycle called Loop. 
The concept is to reduce packaging through a circular recycling model. 

The test pilot with Tim Hortons is Tupperware’s first foray into the market as a part of its partnership with TerraCycle’s Loop.

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