Starbucks increasing paper cup recycling methods for its customers
"You can collect all this stuff," Christine Beling of the Environmental Protection Agency, told the news source. "But unless you have someone to buy it from you, who cares?"
Starbucks has already made great strides to make its cups out of recycled paper instead of the styrofoam products that other large chains use. The inherent problem with recycling the cups is that most recycling companies don't have the ability to separate the paper from the inner lining of the cup, which is designed to stop liquids from leaking out. However, the company has enlisted the help of a handful of recycling businesses, and it hopes to take some of that recycled paper and make it into napkins for its customers.
"The focus is often, 'What can I do to the cup to make it more recyclable?'" Jim Hanna, Starbucks' director of environmental impact, told the news source. "What's more important is, 'What can I do to the infrastructure to make these cups more recyclable.'"
These recycling initiatives are a great step forward for the food industry, and thankfully Starbucks is leading the way by following its products from the barista's hands to the recycling bin.