At Chick-fil-A, we care about serving our customers and protecting the environment. The polystyrene foam cup is a great example of our two-fold commitment. The most common question we receive concerning our environmental impact is about our foam cups.
We continually receive positive customer feedback on the insulating properties of our cups. Through research and tests of a number of "environmentally-friendly" cup options, we have concluded that none serve our customers as well as the foam cup.
One thing that makes our current cups stand out is that they are recyclable. Most cold paper cups used in our industry are not recyclable at all, because they are coated with a substance designed to reduce leakage. Additionally, most common paper cups will not break down over time in a landfill. The most amazing thing about our recycled foam cups is that they can become everyday products people need and use like park benches, insulation and molding, picture frames and pens.
Foam cup recycling is a major focus area in our environmental journey and is where Chick-fil-A can have the most immediate impact. We currently recycle our foam cups in 25 percent of our locations, including all free-standing restaurants in California and Utah and our locations in Atlanta, Athens, Charlotte, Denver, Jacksonville, Minneapolis, NW Arkansas, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham Triad area and Tampa. We have started expanding into Boise, Idaho, Laurel and Severna Park Md., Fort Worth, Texas, King of Prussia, Pa., Fairfax, Va., Fort Mill, SC and Marlton, NJ.
All of our LEED locations are also recycling.