Starbucks Kicks Off Cup-Recycling Pilot Program in NYC
NEW YORK CITY, NY — Starbucks launched a pilot program in seven New York stores last week that could help the company move toward its goal of making all of its coffee cups recyclable by 2012.
Starbucks and Global Green USA's Coalition for Resource Recovery will use the program to examine the collection and recycling of the coffee cups while in the same waste stream as old corrugated cardboard (OCC). Results will be announced in November.
"The lessons learned from the cup recycling pilot can be applied to the recycling of hamburger, pizza, and French fry containers, and all sorts of other paper food packaging," Annie White, Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) director, said in a statement. "If the initial pilot is successful, CoRR will expand the pilot to encompass more packaging types and restaurants, furthering our objective of generating business value and closing the loop on packaging."