Recycling Starbucks Cups
OK, another great issue of our time, and this one really is a great issue of our time: recycling.
I always bring my coffee cups and plastic tops home so I can put them into the recycling.
But what are the thousands of local Starbucks doing? There was one locally that set up recycling bins, but I haven't seen them there lately. Can anyone report on their locals?
Environmentalists applauded Starbucks' move, but said that the company should do even more if it is serious about being a green company.
"It's a helpful start, but 10 percent recycled content is minuscule," said Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Starbucks said it was using only 10 percent recycled material partly because the material costs more.
Still, The National Recycling Coalition gave them an award.
While we are talking stats, Starbucks also note that 655,00 lbs of paper waste was saved last year, by offering customers a ten cent discount when they used their own mug.Fine, but I want to know what happens to "an estimated 1.5 billion cups" that come out of Starbucks every year. Does everyone take them home and recycle them? Where do they all GO? I haven't found anything online addressing this, please let me know if you see something.
P.S. And we also take home used coffee grounds for our vegetable garden.