Paper Cups Curbside Organics Paper hot & cold cups are allowed in your organics cart, if you discard of the lid in the trash. Choose to refuse the lid when possible. Recycle the Sleeves as Cardboard The sleeves are recyclable and should be disposed of with other cardboard products. Lids Are Plastic Coffee cup lids are made from plastic. Find out what to do with plastic lids. Straws Are Plastic Straws are generally made from plastic. Find out what to do with straws. Did You Know? Why Don’t Most Starbucks Recycle Cups? As of 2013, Starbucks offered recycling in 39% of its stores. You’d think it would be universal, but there’s no great recycling technology for coffee cups yet, so many commercial recyclers don’t accept them, leaving Starbucks with nowhere to send the cups. Could Paper Cups Be Transformed into Biofuels? University of Manitoba researchers have been studying whether cups could conceivably be made into biofuels. So far, the results are pretty promising.