50 Billion Paper Coffee Cups are Thrown Away Each Year in the USA
Single use disposable paper cups are not recyclable nor compostable since they have an inner coating of polyethylene. The process of recycling disposable paper cups is difficult and very expensive and they cannot be remade into paper. As a result, most cities do not currently have a recycling program for disposable cups.
The best solution is to bring your own reusable cup when visiting your favorite coffee shop. In addition to being great for the environment, some coffee shops now offer a discount when you bring your own cup!