City may ban cardboard coffee-cup sleeves

The Associated Press
Friday March 22, 2002

BERKELEY — Those outspoken Berkeley residents are at it again. The problem this time? Nasty used coffee-cup sleeves. 

A group of people say it’s a health hazard to reuse a cardboard heat shield that protects hands wrapped around hot coffee cups. 

Some coffee houses in the area have been recycling the sleeves to save paper and trash, meaning people have to use a sleeve that has already been in contact with another human hand. 

The issue was brought to the city council meeting Wednesday night. It was delayed until next month, when city officials will ask health officials to research the matter and consider whether to prohibit reusing the sleeves.