Oregon's oldest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The Disposable Coffee Cup Problem

Did you know?

There are approximately 50 million disposable coffee cups consumed each year in the Portland (OR) metro area. Our observations are that we have lots of opportunity to reduce this number!

Coffee cups are NOT recyclable. This contaminates our recycling stream, contributing to the National Sword restrictions from China. Learn more about recycling rules with coffee cups.

Disposable coffee cups contribute to carbon emissions during production, transportation and disposal. Helping us achieve a successful campaign will help us spread the campaign globally!

What can be done about this problem?

You can support Recycling Advocates in three ways:

We need volunteers to reach out and educate residents, especially those that drink coffee from a to-go cup! Spend a couple hours tabling for us at environmental events, and ask people to take a pledge to stop using disposables!

We need volunteers to work with coffee shops to educate and incentive their customers to bring their own reusable coffee cup, or dine-in and enjoy their coffee in a reusable ceramic mug. See the coffee shops already participating! Donate to Recycling Advocates to help print stickers, window clings, signs, buttons and other campaign materials for display at coffee shops. Check out our Adopt-a-shop program!


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