Hants County group collecting the popular coffee discs for recycling
Technology has advanced, and so has recycling. New Boundaries now accepts used Tassimo products in an effort to recycle the disposable packaging, keeping it out of area landfills.
The used Tassimo T-discs, and their outer foil packaging, are sent to a company called Terracycle in Ontario, where they are cleaned and recycled into products ranging from garden stones and bags to park benches.
Chris Fry, the man who brought the project to New Boundaries, said he felt guilty throwing away the plastic, so he began researching what could be done and signed up to Terracycle.
About a year ago, Fry sent out emails to everyone he knew, asking if they'd save their discs and give them to him. Recently, Fry went to New Boundaries and explained the program to them.
âThey were really excited about it,â he said.
The project gives work to the clients at New Boundaries as well as creates money for them and helps the environment, said Fry.
âIt's too big of a job to do on my own. New Boundaries was just perfect.â
Since the program began at New Boundaries in February, they have shipped 1,800 discs. which adds up to 90 pounds. Fry estimates there are another 1,500 discs waiting to be shipped.
The products get shipped back to New Boundaries, Fry said.
âThere is really nothing to waste.â
New Boundaries is now listed as the only Atlantic Canada drop-off point for Terracycle.
The hope is more businesses and people will drop of their used Tassimo T-discs to New Boundaries. Fry said they're trying to get a constant flow of the T-discs donated.
New Boundaries offers many things for the public. They have their on-site shop, Amigos, that sells everything from used, donated clothes, to furniture. Donated clothes that are not good enough to be sold in the store are sold as rags, and they offer the service of shredding documents, such as bills that people may not want to throw out, by the pound.