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Starbucks Plastic Cups-Recyclable?

Original post made by Wendy, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 23, 2012

I remember checking about Starbucks plastic cups, and they were the wrong shape to put in the blue recycle bin.
Something about narrow tops versus wide tops.
I'm hoping I'm wrong.
Do you put the clear plastic cups used for cold drinks at Starbucks in your recycle bin?

Comments (6)

Posted by Guest
a resident of another community
on Jul 24, 2012 at 6:39 am

I do and I live in Walnut Creek. We have 3 bins just like Pleasanton- garbage, recycle, and yard/grass clippings. Look on your bin for what recycling numbers they accept. Then look on the bottom of the cup to see. If it's a match, it's fine to toss it in there.

(My neighbors here put all kinds of crap in their recycle bin! From used, old shoes, to Styrofoam and giant plastic sheets that painters use. Sometimes I feel like going over and placing a sign on their bin that says "Read the top of the lid to find out what you can and can't recycle." But if I'm correct, most centers still sort through the stuff we put in there.)

Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2012 at 7:14 am

The best thing you can do is to take your own travel mug to these coffee places. If more people did this there would be much less garbage.

Better yet, make coffee at home. Save a ton of money. Starbucks and these other coffee chains are a rip-off.

Posted by Wendy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

The City Of Pleasanton website says it accepts "narrow-necked plastic bottles and jugs" with symbols 1-7, but says nothing about plastic cups which are 'wide-necked', shall we say.
In fact, the Pleasanton Garbage Service site and the City of Pleasanton site say nothing about plastic cups.
It seems that merely having a symbol of 1-7 does not qualify a plastic item for recycling. Neck width is a factor, and information on plastic cups is mysteriously omitted.

Jim-the coffee I make at home sucks.

Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2012 at 7:28 am

Wendy, buy one of these:

Web Link

They come in different sizes.
You'll never see a paper filter again, and it makes excellent coffee.

Of course the coffee you use matters, so get some good coffee at Peet's and try it out.

Even at around 10 bucks a pound, the price per cup will be a fraction of what you pay someone to brew it for you.

Posted by kolohe
a resident of another community
on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

you can put anything with the numbers 1-7, except for 6 which is poly styrene. the city changed it from narrow nect to numbers 1-7 a few weeks after the recycle program was started...for updated info go to

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