–> Why reusables? Isn’t recycling cups good enough?
Only 9% of all plastic in this world has ever been recycled. Unfortunately, current recycling systems aren’t what they’re perceived to be. First, most materials, like paper and plastic in disposable cups, cannot be recycled infinitely as the quality degrades with each cycle. Recycling only delays the eventual disposal of items. Additionally, the hard-to-separate plastic lining inside paper cups means that cups are neither compostable or recyclable without going through a complicated separation process. We need to shift our emphasis from end-of-life handling to production/demand when thinking about waste reduction.
“The only way to reduce the amount of material we landfill or incinerate is to reduce the amount we produce in the first place.”
– Zink & Geyer, Material Recycling and the Myth of Landfill Diversion, 2019
Also check out this video:
Are Starbucks and Tim Hortons recycling? (CBC Marketplace)