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Recycling Coated Cups

Information @ a Glance
  • Recycling our Paper Cups 
  • Paper cups that are intended for liquids and hot drinks are typically constructed from a wet -strength high quality paper fibre. 
  • The cup is then internally lined with a very thin polyethylene (PE) coating.
  • The PE coating found on most paper cups means additional methodologies are required for the recycling of a paper cup and it is not the same process as recovering standard paper waste.
  • Paper cups can be complicated for people who want to recycle. The cups do contain paper, of course, but a thin coating of plastic or wax makes the recycling process much more difficult than sheet of office paper.
  • The ability to separate the 5% polythene lining of paper cups from the 95% of reusable high quality fibre content was a landmark development for the paper industry. 
  • Paper cup recycling process involves softening the waste in a warmed solution, separating the plastic coating from the fibre. 
  • The plastic is skimmed off, pulverized and recycled, leaving water and pulp. Impurities are filtered out leaving high grade pulp suitable for use in luxury papers and packaging materials.
  • 87% of the water involved is also reused.
  • Disposable Cups
  • Plastic coated paper products
  • Choosing to reuse

Scrap Processing Information

  • Processing used cups
  • Waste reduction & recycling
  • Advantage - Foam cups

Technology Information

  • Innovative Technology
  • Cup Stock collection & recycling process
  • Two Part Recyclable cup
  • Recyclable Acrylic coated Paper Stock

Companies & products

  • Paper Cups, Recycling Now In Progress
  • Foam Cup recycling
  • Barrier Coating
  • Keep Cup
Outlook for Recycling
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Disposable Coffee Cup Waste Reduction Study
  • PLA for Paper Coating
  • Green Coat
  • Ceiling tiles and wallboard from recycled polyethylene-coated cups