Starbucks in Taiwan is expanding its cup rental service, which began as a trial last year, to more than 500 stores beginning July 1, 2023.

The program aims to encourage a shift away from disposable cups as part of Starbucks' global goal of reducing waste sent to landfills by 50% by 2030.

To rent a reusable cup at a store participating in the "Borrow A Cup" program, users just have to sign in to the Starbucks app and order a drink. You will be charged 50 NTD (around 230 yen) per cup, and the deposit will be refunded when the cup is returned to a participating store.

To return, within seven days of borrowing the cup, either return the cup to the cashier at a participating Starbucks, or open the Starbucks app on the cup return machine in the store, scan the "Return Cup" QR code, and drop them off at the designated location.

The cups are collected, cleaned and sterilized according to government standards to ensure hygiene.

In addition to participating stores, customers will also be able to return rented cups at 7-Eleven stores in Taiwan. It will be easier and more convenient if you can return the cups at many convenience stores in the city, even outside of Starbucks! I hope that Starbucks in Japan will be able to do the same!

Source: Focus Taiwan

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