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You Won't Believe What Chick-fil-A Does With Their Used Cups


Most of us love Chick-fil-A for their incredible customer service and always delicious assortment of chicken. If there's one place where carbs don't count, it's when I'm at CFA eating their spicy chicken sandwich, chicken nuggets, or the iconic waffle fries. Don't even get me started about the chick-fil-a sauce because it's honestly next level. As if you needed it, we have yet another reason to love one of the most popular fast food chains in the United States.

Every day, Chick-fil-A gives out thousands of beverages inside styrofoam cups to its customers. It's no Starbucks, but people love that sweet tea and homemade lemonade. Although many love the cups' ability to keep your drinks cold for an extended period of time, styrofoam is widely known to be very difficult to recycle. This issue didn't go unnoticed by Chick-fil-A, who have made it their mission to make sure their discarded cups are used for a better purpose.

Click below to see the step-by-step process of how Chick-fil-A gives new life to their discarded styrofoam cups.


Bags of used cups are shipped to a special recycling facility, where they are crushed and condensed down into a large log. From there, they are mixed with other materials and molded into an L-shape. These will eventually become the legs to benches that have been placed in parks and outside restaurants across the country. Other recycling locations also use the blocks of used polystyrene to create writing pens and name badges for employees. 

You can now officially not have to worry about hurting the planet the next time you're in the Chick-fil-a drive-thru waiting to order your favorite milkshake or sandwich with a side of polynesian sauce. Because this fast food joint made sure that their cups were not only able to be recycled, but could actually go to good use after the fact.

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