09 Sep '11, 10pm

Starbucks' Third Cup Summit Marks Progress, Challenges in Recycling - GreenBiz.com

Starbucks' Third Cup Summit Marks Progress, Challenges in Recycling - GreenBiz.com

We've been watching Starbucks ' moves over the last few years as it works toward an aggressive goal of making all of those familiar coffee cups that people use once and throw away reusable or recyclable. All too often, those cups end up in a landfill. But maybe next time you go to toss out that cup, think about Joe Burke, who works for Action Carting Environmental Services , a company in New York that is working with Starbucks to collect its used cups for recycling and turning them into a commodity for the secondary market. If consumers would take an extra second to empty out their cups before recycling, that would minimize contamination and give Burke's company a better product to sell. "If we could get the liquids out of the cup, it would make it a much better situation for us, in terms of recycling," Burke said. "We've seen through tests if there's a little bit of liqui...

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