Coffee shops steam plastic milk bottles to reduce their size before dumping them

February 16, 2011 · 1 comment

A couple of days ago I discovered that a popular coffee chain Nero – a shop in Camden – steam their milk bottles. They release some hot steam from the coffee machine into the bottle before they dump it in the bin. The steam does nothing but deforms the bottle in a way that its size is reduced to save space in the bin. It takes a split second to “resize” each bottle. Clever use of available inventory. That’s all. Starbucks should learn.

Coffee shops steam milk bottles before recycling them
* This isn’t exactly a bottle deformed by steam – rather some other physical impact – but you get the idea.

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Erin June 25, 2012 at 6:01 am

The Starbucks I have been to do this. I’ve seen them do it.

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