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Published: Jul 23, 2018 Updated: Nov 21, 2023
Published: Jul 23, 2018 Updated: Nov 21, 2023

Graham Pollard

Lead Researcher for the Business Development Team with a wealth of knowledge having joined the family business in 1985.

McDonald’s partners with Starbucks for recyclable cup

McDonald’s has joined Starbucks as a founding member of a group attempting to commercialize a recyclable and compostable cup globally.

McDonald’s is committing $5m in partnership with New York-based recycling and sustainability investment platform to launch the NextGen Cup Consortium and Challenge announced earlier this year, bringing the total funds dedicated to the Challenge to $10m.

The NextGen Cup Challenge is set to launch in September with up to $1M in funding to innovators and entrepreneurs working to develop a global recyclable and/or compostable cup solution.

Marion Gross, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer, McDonald’s USA, said the fast food giant planned to use its reach to help find a ‘scalable, lasting global solution’.

Colleen Chapman, vice president of global social impact, added: “A better cup will benefit the entire industry and we invite others to join us as we move these efforts forward.”

Kate Daly, executive director of the center for the circular economy at Closed Loop Partners, said the firm had received more than 1,000 inquiries from companies and individuals interested in participating in the challenge.

“In our experience investing in circular economy innovation, we find the most successful path to scaling a systems-changing solution is to bring together key players along the entire value chain in a pre-competitive collaboration. This is the type of partnership we need to foster innovative solutions without sacrificing profit. We are working with consortium members to build a robust shared set of technical, performance, and environmental criteria that we will announce later this summer.”

Source: Packaging News

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PET (1) and HDPE (2) are widely accepted in household recycling waste. Soft/flexible LDPE (4) products like carrier bags can be taken to supermarkets. Remember that recycling facilities differ between councils, so check with your local authority to see what you can put in your home recycling bin.



PET or PETE. Polyethylene terephthalate e.g. soft drink bottles, fruit punnets.



HDPE. High-density polyethylene e.g. milk bottles, shampoo bottles



PVC. Polyvinyl chloride e.g. window frames, shower curtains, toys.



LDPE. Low-density polyethylene e.g. carrier bags, rings/yokes for multipacks of cans.



PP. Polypropylene e.g. bottle caps, margarine tubs, carrier bags.



PS. Polystyrene e.g. takeaway cups and containers, yoghurt pots.