Metro Vancouverites Support Deposit-Refund Program for Coffee Cups

Only one in every four cups of coffee or tea poured in Metro Vancouver stores goes into a personal reusable container.

Vancouver, BC – Residents of Metro Vancouver have not fully embraced the concept of personal reusable containers for coffee or tea, but they would support treating disposable paper and plastic containers in the same way as pop or beer cans, a new Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative sample, 67% of Metro Vancouverites say they purchase hot coffee at least once a week outside of their home or office. In addition, 45% say they have iced coffee at least once a week, and 40% have tea—hot or iced—at least once a week.

Across Metro Vancouver, only 26% of all coffees and teas poured in an average week go into a personal reusable container, with three-in-four (74%) dispensed into disposable paper or plastic cups from the store.

Women (29%) and residents aged 55 and over (also 29%) are more likely to report using personal reusable containers for coffee or tea that is enjoyed outside of their home or office.

When asked about specific policies to deal with disposable paper and plastic cups, two thirds of Metro Vancouverites (68%) believe establishing a deposit-refund program, similar to the one currently in place for glass bottles and pop/beer cans, is a “very good” or “good” idea.

Fewer Metro Vancouverites (54%) would allow stores to charge an additional cost for each paper and plastic cup that is used, while just over a third (35%) would ban all disposable paper and plastic cups from sale, and serve coffee and other beverages in personal containers only.

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed a change in how we package and transport products, particularly after some stores decided to charge a price for disposable plastic bags,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “While Metro Vancouverites did not react well to the notion of a ban on disposable cups, they would certainly welcome a move to a deposit-refund system.”

About this Release:

Results are based on an online study conducted by Insights West from July 11 to July 14, 2017, among 635 adult residents of Metro Vancouver. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.9 percentage points for the entire sample, nineteen times out of twenty. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:

Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West
778-929-0490
mariocanseco@insightswest.com