Are hot beverage cups from Starbucks and Dunkin’ recyclable?
It’s a common misconception that the cups can be recycled because they appear to be made mostly from paper fibers.
However, there’s a lining on the inside of them to help keep the liquid from leaking through that renders the cups non-recyclable in most municipalities.
In addition, there are varying levels that contact with food affects the ability of paper and cardboard to be recycled — for example, pizza boxes are commonly not well suited for recycling if they have soaked up grease from the pie.
There are select facilities that can recycle lined cups — but you should check with your local officials to verify. However, as of 2020, the cups are most likely non-recyclable.
Most lids of disposable cups are Number 6 plastic, which also can be recycled in select communities.