05 Oct '11, 7pm

Recycling coffee cups

Recycling coffee cups

Achieving widespread recycling of paper coffee cups in the United States could prove to be a challenge for several reasons, not the least of which is consumer behavior. Even though their communities’ residential recycling programs may accept paper cups, people often don’t hang on to those cups long enough to place them in their home recycling bins, says Chaz Miller, state programs director for the National Solid Wastes Management Association, a trade association that represents companies that collect trash and recyclables. If someone buys coffee at a Starbucks or another store, they’re typically going to want to get rid of the cup quickly, and if there’s no obvious recycling bin around, the cup’s going into the trash can, he adds.

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