You sip that final mouthful of coffee and look under your paper cup to find the recycle sign. To be the good and responsible citizen you are, you throw it in the recycling bin and the good deed is done.
Except it’s not. The good deed was actually a bad one if you’re in Toronto, and it’s costing the city large sums of money to remove your paper cups away from what can be recyclable.
It could have been perfectly recyclable elsewhere, but not in Toronto see more here:https://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/kb/docs/articles/solid-waste-management-services/policy-and-planning/waste-diversion/recycling-coffee-cups-disposable-hot-drink-cups-and-lids.html
You wouldn’t be able to blame the ones who thought it was recyclable, because it was never made obvious enough.
A recycle sign on an object? Into the recycling it goes! It only makes sense and to expect the coffee drinkers to know otherwise would take a slight change in the system.