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.
Coffee cup lids can leach dangerous toxins in the coffee. The plastic lids are made of polystyrene, a Grade 6 plastic which is the denser form of Styrofoam
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 leverage Recycling Advocates to help address this problem in three ways:
Volunteer to reach out and educate residents, especially those that drink coffee from a to-go cup! Spend a couple hours tabling with us at environmental events, and ask residents to take a pledge to stop using disposables!
|Volunteer 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 us print stickers, window clings, signs, buttons and other campaign materials for display at coffee shops. Check out our Adopt-a-shop program!|
To learn more about Recycling Advocates, here are some popular links…
Check out our latest posts and announcements on our campaign, along with recycling and waste management news…
- Nossa Familia’s new location on 20th and Division charges 25 cents for to-go cups!
- What I’m Reading: The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution
- Travels in Greenland: Impacts of Global Warming
- Maker of reusable takeout containers sells business as awareness of plastics waste grows
- Do Just One Thing: Entertain Without Disposable Waste (June 2018)