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Starbucks Launches UK Fund To Help Recycle Coffee Cups


Starbucks launched a £1 million ($1.3 million) fund on Thursday to kickstart recycling programs across the U.K. for paper coffee cups.

Launched in partnership with environmental charity Hubbub, “The Cup Fund” will support at least 10 large-scale recycling initiatives. It will offer grants from £50,000 up to £100,000 based on individual organizations’ needs, with an aim of helping with the development of long-term infrastructure.

Coffee shops have faced widespread criticism for selling drinks in paper cups that cannot be recycled with ordinary paper and cardboard due to a plastic lining that stops hot drinks from leaking. Hubbub noted in a press release Thursday that more recycling points specifically for paper coffee cups were needed, as well as clearer communication to help the public recycle more effectively.
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