August 04, 2015 - 2:30 PM
KAMLOOPS - The next time you plan for a shopping spree at the mall, consider bringing your coffee waste with you.
In an effort to go green staff at the Aberdeen Mall set up a Keurig cup disposal at the location’s two main entrances.
“We’re going to collect all of them and we’re bringing them to Lafarge,” mall manager Sandra Desrosiers says.
Last summer, officials at the Lafarge cement plant announced plans to convert the plastic single-use cups into a fuel source to produce concrete. The initiative is part of the company’s environmental effort, which Desrosiers is happy to contribute to.
"For all of the people who live at this end of the city, Lafarge is a really long drive. We want to make it easier for people to drop off their cups,” she says.
The service began two weeks ago. Donated cups will be stored at the mall until a full truckload can be delivered to the Lafarge location just east of Kamloops, Desrosiers says.
"We try and be a green partner. We’re not a zero waste facility but we’d love to be one one day,” she adds.
In the future, administrators at the mall are hoping to compost all the waste from the location’s food court. Currently store tenants are separating recycling and holding on to dead batteries and lightbulbs to return to the appropriate depots.
As a commercial client of Waste Management, regular recycling such as cardboard is still being picked up from the mall.
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