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Paper cups can be recycled in the UK
Many retailers use a polyethylene lined cup, which is made from 95%
sustainably sourced virgin fibre paper and 5% polyethylene plastic lining which keeps the cup waterproof.
The National Cup Recycling Scheme identified that these paper cups can be recycled in the UK. There are currently four recycling facilities in the UK that accept paper cups: James Cropper, D S Smith, ACE UK, Essity and Circular & Co. (NexTek). These are standard paper mills, the only difference is that they have a slightly different process for recycling paper cups than other paper products. The UK is fortunate that there are already four paper mills in the UK that are able to process all the paper cups consumed annually in the UK
In the UK the main challenge lies in collecting paper cups as they must be collected as a separate waste stream.
To start recycling paper cups at your site, follow these simple steps: