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Bring Your Own Mug

This October, the City of Tacoma is partnering with local coffee shops and their customers to reduce single-use coffee cup waste. As part of the campaign, we're supporting a switch to reusable mugs to protect our environment.


list of participating shops for the BYOM campaign


Did You Know?

Americans use 110 million single-use hot coffee cups per day. And, by our assessments, one in two coffee customers in Tacoma take their coffee to go with a single-use cup, while one in five sip their coffee in-house using a single-use cup. What's the problem? Paper and foam coffee cups are NOT recyclable in Tacoma! That creates a lot of needless waste.

Luckily, this is a human-made problem with a human-made solution. Together with local coffee shops and everyday community members, we can fix our throw-away culture.

For Coffee Shops

There's good news: it pays to be environmentally-conscious. At about $.15 per single-use cup, businesses that switch to reusable cups can save a couple dollars per day per cup. Estimates suggest that savings will add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year.

  1. Coach staff members to ask customers "For here or to-go?" 
  2. Make it your policy to use reusable (ceramic) cups for sit-down orders
  3. Offer customers using reusable to-go mugs a special deal
  4. Receive free marketing promotion through the City's Bring Your Own Mug campaign (see contact information below)
Go Above and Beyond: Be a Waste-Free Business Leader
  • Connect with our campaign on your website and social media page and use the hashtags #BringYourOwnMug #BYOmug #WasteFree253 
  • Provide paper straws by request only
  • Refill water bottles for customers
  • Join the Ocean Friendly Restaurants program with Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
What Coffee Shops Get
  1. Free business promotions
  2. Free reusable cups*
  3. Free campaign stickers*
  4. Free paper straws*

* While quantities are available; items will be portioned based on need


For Coffee Drinkers

Leave foam and paper out of your coffee flavor -- choose reusable for the best cup of coffee yet, and your favorite shop will thank you for the money they save.
  • Get your coffee to-go in a reusable mug or sit down and sip from a ceramic cup
  • Ask your favorite local coffee shop to participate in our campaign! Give them our contact information or ask them to visit cityoftacoma.org/BYOmug
  • Connect with our campaign on social media using the hashtags: #BringYourOwnMug #BYOmug #WasteFree253
  • Fill a reusable bottle instead of buying bottled water
  • Use your reusable bag and containers when shopping, traveling, packing lunches, or dining out
  • Ask restaurant servers to ‘skip the straw, please!’

Interested in Participating?

Contact Patrick Babbitt

(253) 591-5173