All Starbucks cups at Western are now compostable

Dylan Nelson
WWU Communications and Marketing intern
  • The reusable cup and lid (left) looks very similar to the compostable cup (right). These reusable cups can be washed out and used again. They are $2 and can be bought when ordering a drink. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
    The reusable cup and lid (left) looks very similar to the compostable cup (right). These reusable cups can be washed out and used again. They are $2 and can be bought when ordering a drink. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Western Washington University has become the second school in the United States to use branded compostable hot and cold cups, lids and straws at its licensed Starbucks location, according to Western Dining Services Resident Director Stephen Wadsworth.

While Wadsworth says it has been hard to gauge success with this new product, but the overall mission was still a success.

“There has not been a noticeable change, as these look just like the recyclable Starbucks Cup,” he said. “The win is that now all Starbucks cold cups, hot cups, lids and straws are now compostable on the Western Campus.”

The push to get compostable cups on campus was a collaborative effort between Western Dining and the Office of Sustainability and started in the late fall, according to Wadsworth.

While this is a success for sustainability at Western, Wadsworth says that Western Dining Services is still working towards a more sustainable operation.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:23am

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