Why can’t I recycle a traditional paper cup? It’s just paper right?
Paper cups are not accepted as recyclable because of the difficulty paper recyclers have processing plastic-coated paper cup stock through their paper recycling equipment. The plastic is used to seal the cup during production and to keep the liquid from leaking through the paper. In order for paper cups to be labeled as “recyclable” in the U.S., over 60% of municipalities around the country need to accept them for recycling. In many EU countries this is changing and many more facilities are working to process plastic lined cups. Our recyclable range can be processed by any European pulping plant in stream 13.