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Did you know – that ALL Southbury Stores Accept Clean, Personal Reusable Cups When Purchasing Drinks?


Sustainable Southbury is partnering with local retailers in town on their “Refill Not Landfill” campaign. The goal is to reduce the amount of waste created by single-use drink cups. Participation is easy - bring your clean, personal, reusable cup to any Southbury retailer to purchase your hot or cold drink. 


Yes, even your big chains such as Dunkin Donuts, Panera, and Starbucks all accept your clean personal reusable cups. (Starbucks in Southbury just added an option on their mobile app to support using your own cup)

Purchasing a drink in a reusable cup has many benefits: coffee stays hotter, cold drinks maintain their chill, and less trash to dispose of, which is good for the environment. Depending on the store, customers may be given discounts and/or reward points, and some stores are taking advantage of a $25 monthly drawing funded by Sustainable Southbury every time a drink is purchased in a reusable cup! 


Why Are We Doing This?

The state of Connecticut has been battling a huge solid waste problem. Hauling costs are estimated to increase significantly. Every effort needs to be made to reduce our volume of trash. Here are some facts:

  • In the United States alone, 50 billion disposable coffee cups are used annually.

  • Coffee cups are lined with plastic to reduce leakage; they cannot be recycled; they must be disposed of as trash.

  • The standard polyethylene-lined paper cup takes 20 years to decompose.

  • Used plastic cups can't be recycled into new plastic cups; they end up in the trash and last 450 years in the environment.


All Southbury retailers support the use of reusable cups! So let’s all make this small change to benefit the environment and earn rewards at the same time! 


$25 Monthly Drawing

Sustainable Southbury is funding a $25 monthly drawing that will be in effect in select stores through June 2024 to help encourage this change in behavior.

Please visit the following participating stores:

  • Brightside Nutrition

  • Heritage Deli & Cafe

  • Main Street Convenience

  • Main Street Deli

  • Nardell's Grinder Shoppe

  • Patty's Pantry

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Bring a clean, reusable cup or mug for refill to a participating local business.

  2. Scan the QR code next to the register and enter your name and email address. You will be entered into a monthly drawing - refill participants could win $25. 

  3. REPEAT – You can enter the monthly drawing EVERY time you buy a drink at any of the participating businesses.


You may contact us at

Businesses can sign up to participate in the program by filling out our contact form. Subject: Refill Not Landfill

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Q: How long will the campaign run?  The Refill Not Landfill campaign will run from Oct. 18, 2023, to June 30, 2024.

Q: How often can I enter the monthly drawing for $25?  You may enter the monthly drawing EVERY time you buy a drink using your reusable cup at any of the participating businesses.

Q: Can I reuse a single-use plastic cup?    No, the purpose of the campaign is to break free from using single-use plastic that can last in the environment for 450 years.

Q: Why are paper cups bad for the environment?  Paper cups are lined with polyethylene to prevent leakage. They can not be recycled and can last up to 20 years in the environment.

Q: My store is not on your participating store list.  How can I participate?  All stores accept refillable cups. You can use your refillable cup at all stores where you purchase drinks. Only participating stores can provide you with the entry form. You can ask your store to sign up at no cost to them, as it is funded by Sustainable Southbury. Businesses can sign up to participate in the program by filling out our contact form. Subject: Refill Not Landfill.

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