A new program from Starbucks allows customers the option to receive their beverage in a reusable cup, which can then be returned to a participating store.
The “Borrow A Cup” program was first tested at single stores this past fall and winter, but it’s now at five stores in the Seattle area, four of which are located in or near West Seattle. The program started on March 30 and will run through May 31, 2021. The company says each reusable cup replaces up to 30 disposable cups.
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Borrow A Cup is at the following Seattle Starbucks locations: California and Fauntleroy; The Junction — California and Alaska; Westwood Village; 35th and Fauntleroy; and 4th and Diagonal.
To participate, customers can order a hot or cold beverage in a reusable cup at participating locations in-person, at the drive-thru, or via mobile order. There’s a $1 refundable deposit.
When customers are finished with their drink, they return the cup by scanning it at a contactless return kiosk and dropping the cup in the opening. They can then scan their Starbucks App to receive a $1 credit and 10 Bonus Stars in their Starbucks Rewards account.
Each cup that’s returned is “professionally cleaned and sanitized,” Starbucks notes. Starbucks partnered with Go Box, a reuse system operator and service provider that will collect the cups, clean and sanitize them with commercial dishwashing equipment, and then return them to circulation within 48 hours, according to Starbucks.
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