Friday, August 1, 2008

Please Recycle

A nice shot and a cute picture....made me think this is just another way to recycle your paper cup... :) Speaking of which I recycle at home and go out to my local recycle center on a regular basis....I always look into the recycle containers and never see cups from coffee shops....not ours not anybodies.

Any thoughts on why people do not recycle their paper cups from coffee shops?




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14 comments:

A2 Lebowsky said...

I was always under the impression that if it was soiled you can't recycle it.
~ Kate

Creme Brule said...

Nothing with wax on it can be recycled in our community. The question is--are the cups anything but paper?

Bob Fish said...

now ya' got me thinkin'...cuz, I alway rinse out my cans of tomato sauce, or the olive oil, or jars...

and then too, the cups don't have wax....they have a very thin layer of plastic (it used to be wax)...but no more plastic, than you would find glue in a magazine...or that gunny stuff you would find on a yellow pad, anyway....you get the idea.

But get away from paper for a moement and consider the plastic cups we use...100% recyclable...rinsable...I don't see any of these either?

I think people just don't think about it?

Anonymous said...

But how do we get people thinking about it? hmmm....

A2 Lebowsky said...

Cans, bottles, and jars are good because once they are washed they are not "soiled", but you can't get the paper products unsoiled =(

The sleeves for the drinks could be recycled too if there is no coating on the outside.

I set my trente cups from our Freeze and Big chill last night to the side because I had this recycle thing on my mind. I was going to look closer at them today to see if they might be recyclable.

We have an Amazing recycle program here in Ann Arbor, I wonder if the staff at the stores recycles the sauce or flavor bottles? Every area has different recycle programs so that may have to be considered in the education.
hmmmmmm....
~kate

David said...

I've thought about this for a while now. I never take my drinks to go, but rather enjoy them in-store while I read, study, etc. Why no recycle bins in the stores? At least then those cups tossed out in the stores would find their way to recycling.

Robert said...

I would be on board to have for here mugs at BIGGBY. It would be great for customers who want to sit and stay rather than to go.

Pierce T. Monkey said...

I like to use my own mug, keeps it warmer when I'm commuting.

Jennifer said...

In Lansing - you can only recycle #1 or #2 plastic. Does Biggby's use that? Last time I checked - you did not. In fact, I think I put that on a feedback form to Biggby survey once...

I'd love to see more organic, more reusable coming from Biggby!

Capt. Zanzibar said...

It would be great if you could have your stores recycle, well anything. Currently there are no stores in E. Lansing or Lansing that I am aware of where they recycle ANYTHING. If you are going to push recycling, please start where it counts. Store 1 (E. Lansing) throws away more than 20 milk cartons a day. That adds up to more than 7300 a year. Stop being hypocritical!

Bob Fish said...

hey, hey....no reason to get cranky :)

I wasn't really pushing anything....just opening a dialogue, ya'know?

I think dialogue is one of the ways we can all learn...me, you, our franchisees, our employees, customers....and so on.

When I opened this topic up...I was thinking that we might all learn something new :)

So B-Nice, B-Happy, and have fun

Anonymous said...

The center that we recycle at doesn't accept paper that isn't in the form of magazines or newspapers or office white paper. :( However, I always try to recycle any plastic cups I get. Which makes the back of my car a bit of a pit, but also makes for good recycling! :)

Harmony said...

Huh. Interesting question.

Personally, I don't even try to recycle them because 1) I'm really crappy at recycling, and 2) when I'm just taking a couple pieces of trash from my car (where I usually finished my tea), one trash can is most convenient...

From a marketing background, if the cups can be recycled (which seems to be in question), what about offering a 'deposit' back on them like soda cans? Don't charge more for the beverage (please ;) ), but offer a nickel off your next one if you bring in a 'used' cup. Just sayin...

Anonymous said...

Personally, I work at a Biggby coffee store. At our store we decided to start recycling just because the amount of milk jugs and paper we go through a day is RIDICULOUS. We have more recycling than trash at the end of the day. Our employees take turns taking the recycling, however, I wonder why an innovative chain such as Biggby does not implement a recycling program corporately. Furthermore, the lack of in-house mugs is appalling as well. I previously worked at an establishment that serves brewed coffee and the majority of regulars would REFUSE to take their coffee in anything but a ceramic mug.

We need change.