ACS celebrates Earth Day with Starbucks surprise

Customers received reusable cups as part of sustainability efforts

A member of the ACS team holds a reusable Starbucks cup as part of Earth Day celebrations.

A member of the ACS team holds a reusable Starbucks cup as part of Earth Day celebrations.

Four hundred customers were surprised at Starbucks on South Fraser Way Wednesday when they were presented with a free reusable cup and free coffee or tea.

“For many years Starbucks has supported Earth Day by giving out free coffee to their customers who bring in reusable cups,” according to store manager Heather Anderson.

This year, the Abbotsford Community Services Green Team decided to partner with Starbucks to bring even greater awareness to the community of the concept that one little action at a time makes a big difference to the sustainability of our earth.

“Paper cups are a very common discarded item, to the tune of 1.6 billion thrown out in Canada per year,” says Mallory Palliyaguru, education co-ordinator for the Abbotsford Mission Recycling Depot on Valley Road. “Not only is that wasteful, it is totally avoidable. Rather than recycle, why not go one small step farther and reuse?”

For more information about recycling or composting: www.acsrecycling.ca