01 Apr '11, 10am

Recycling Starbucks Iced Coffee Cups

Recycling Starbucks Iced Coffee Cups

Spring is here, and it’s almost time to retire your reusable thermal mug to the top shelf. But now you’re faced with a new single-use dilemma: the plastic iced coffee cup. Made from plastic #5, Starbucks iced coffee cups are technically recyclable. Photo: Flickr/mastermaq Luckily, these cups aren’t as hard to recycle as the hot drink cups, which are made from coated paper that requires a special machine for recycling. Read: Can Starbucks Find a Way to Recycle 4 Billion Cups? Starbucks iced coffee cups are made from plastic #5 (polypropylene), and many curbside programs won’t accept this type of plastic. However, there are other take-back options through independent companies. Find your local recycling solution for plastic #5 Preserve’s Gimme 5 program is one of the easiest ways to recycle plastic #5 products, like these iced coffee cups. Just look for the Preserve Gimme 5 ...

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