Dunkin’ Donuts has committed to eliminate the use of polystyrene cups worldwide by 2020. The company said this change will eliminate 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.
As a February 7 Boston Globe article notes, some towns in Massachusetts have already banned the use of all foam containers in fast-food restaurants. Massasoit’s cafeterias have not used foam containers in several years, as part of our commitment to sustainability.
Why the move away from polystyrene (sometimes known by its commercial name of Styrofoam)? Some people mistakenly think that containers made from this material can be recycled because they have a number on the bottom inside a symbol ( ) suggesting otherwise. In fact, polystyrene cannot be recycled through traditional residential or commercial recycling programs and almost always ends up in the trash.