30 Nov '16, 9am

Australia Pilots Disposable Coffee Cup Recycling Project

Australia Pilots Disposable Coffee Cup Recycling Project

A redesign may make those Starbucks cups recyclable after all. Taking a cup of java to-go is the daily morning routine for millions of workers worldwide. But the problem with takeaway coffee, popularized by chains such as Starbucks , is those pesky disposable cups. Most of them are made of paper with a thin layer of plastic, which succeeds quite well in keeping beverages warm and cups unsodden. But the result is that recycling these cups is almost impossible in most municipalities, as the paper-plastic combination makes them very difficult to reprocess into new materials. The amount of single-use cups that end in landfills depends on the source cited, but CNN suggested as many as 60 billion are thrown away each year. For years, coffee chains like Starbucks declined to take responsibility for this problem, saying the patchwork of recycling solutions from town-to-town and st...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/11/australia-pilots-disp...

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