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Starbucks has a cup problem. Starbucks distributed 3.85 billion paper cups in 2017.
They’re not recycled in most places.
Greaseproof paper (also known as parchment paper or freezer paper) is coated with silicone, which means it can’t be recycled with paper. Used greaseproof paper often absorbs food waste, which also stops it from being recycled.
In Ottawa, Tim Hortons cups are not recyclable. This is due to the fact that they are made of a combination of paper and plastic, which makes them difficult to recycle. However, there are some companies that are working on making these cups recyclable.