Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller has introduced the Reducing Waste One Pod at a Time Act, a Private Member’s Bill designed to keep plastic single-use coffee pods out of landfill by requiring all coffee pods sold in Ontario to be compostable.
“I was introduced to the 100% compostable pod by Doug Burns and Patricia Snell of Muskoka Roastery Coffee Co. in Huntsville,” said Miller. “It was immediately evident that this was a better solution so I wanted to do something to keep the 1.5 billion coffee pods used in Ontario each year out of landfill.”
The compostable coffee pod was created by Toronto’s Club Coffee in collaboration with the University of Guelph. Certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute, the PurPod100 has been shown to decompose in as little as five weeks.
“We had been looking for a sustainable answer to the single-serve coffee pod waste problem and when we learned of a made-in-Ontario solution, we jumped on it,” said Burns, CEO of Muskoka Roastery. “We went to Norm for his help in promoting this world-class environmental technology and I want to thank him for championing this cause.”
Compostable pods are a superior solution to recyclable pods. In order to recycle a pod, the plastic cup must be manually separated from the compostable coffee grounds. Consumers who choose single-serve coffee for its convenience are not likely to take the time to do that. Compostable pods, by contrast, are much more convenient: they are composted whole.
Compostable pods are not yet the industry standard, largely because of municipal concerns that consumers will mistakenly contaminate municipal compost with non-compostable pods. The Reducing Waste One Pod at a Time Act would address this concern by eliminating the possibility of non-compostable pods contaminating municipal compost.
If this bill passes, Ontario would be the first jurisdiction in North America to require coffee pods to be compostable.
This is not the first time Miller has introduced a leading-edge waste reduction bill. In 2007, long before the government’s Waste Free Ontario Act, Miller introduced a product stewardship bill and a bill requiring batteries be recyclable and consumers pay a deposit similar to beer and liquor bottles.