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Can You Recycle Coffee Cup Lids?
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Can You Recycle Coffee Cup Lids?

“I frequent local coffee shops, which makes me question. Can you recycle coffee cup lids?”  -Conscious Coffee Consumer

If you’re like me, you’ve got one big vice: caffeine.

I’ve got a coffee problem, but of all my problems it’s definitely my favorite. Unfortunately, most of the packaging that goes into that sweet, sweet cup of coffee ends up in the landfill.

Can you recycle coffee cup lids?

I’m afraid news is not good for our Conscious Coffee Consumer. Similar to Keurig pods and Styrofoam cups, to-go coffee lids cannot be recycled.

Coffee lids are not recyclable for many of the same reasons that Keurig pods and bottle caps are not: they are simply too small to be caught in the screens at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Plus, if they DO make it through the line, lids are likely to be missorted into the paper stream.

Don’t worry, because if you’re addicted to coffee like me, you can invest in a reusable travel mug. Plus, many coffee shops will even give you a discount for bringing in your own reusable cup. Starbucks offers ten cents off any size.

Kick the guilt, and save the planet (and your wallet) with every cup of coffee you buy.

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Marie is a senior at Villanova University studying communication and sustainability. She lives for hiking, camping, skiing, and any outdoor activity. Marie is a coffee addict, loves reading, and has never met a cat or dog she didn't like. View all posts by Marie Bouffard

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