November 17, 2016

Bruce Power employees cut waste with President’s Choice® compostable coffee pods

Coffee drinkers at Bruce Power are reducing their environmental footprint with the new certified compostable President’s Choice® single-serve coffee pods.

Many of the 4,200 workers at the Bruce Power site on the shores of Lake Huron are members of employee-run coffee clubs. Their used single-serve coffee pods have gone to the facility’s on-site landfill. Bruce Power is now providing an environmentally-positive alternative by making the new certified compostable single serve coffee pods available to its employees. The President’s Choice® pods use the innovative PURPOD100® compostable technology from Toronto-based Club Coffee that breaks down in the large-scale composting processes used for all other organic waste from the facility.

Worldwide, it is estimated 100 billion non-compostable and non-recyclable coffee pods will make their way to landfills by 2020 and environmentally conscious Bruce Power employees are ready to be part of the solution, said Francis Chua, Bruce Power’s Department Manager, Environment and Sustainability.

“Bruce Power’s Environment and Sustainability Program is always looking for ways to help employees reduce their environmental footprint and divert waste from our on-site landfill,” Chua said. “We’ve seen the impact these non-recyclable coffee pods can have on landfills and, since we have so many single-use coffee machines on site, helping employees access a compostable coffee pod was a natural fit.”

An estimated 25,000 pods could be diverted from Bruce Power’s on-site landfill annually through this program.

The pilot program began in September when compostable pods were made available to employees free of charge to test the new coffees. Employees are now buying the coffee online from local supplier Crystal Vending.

About Bruce Power

Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Trust Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.

About Club Coffee

Club Coffee is the largest roaster, contract manufacturer and distributor of packaged coffees that Canadians buy from grocery stores. It is an international leader in coffee innovations such as PURPOD100®, the world’s first certified compostable pod for single serve coffee, tea and other hot beverages.

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