Does coffee cup recycling have a weak link?

Some coffee cups eventually may make it to a MRF and then a paper mill in mixed grades, but is widespread diversion actually occurring? Photo by Recycling Today staff

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Encouraging progress toward increasing the recycling rate of coffee cups seems to have been made in the past several years, with many stakeholders in that chain demonstrating a willingness to get involved.

Most recently, paperboard and packaging producer Sonoco announced it is among the paper mill operators that have made arrangements to use collected cups (or unused cup stock or inventory) as part of its recovered fiber mix.


Source: Waste Today


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