It may seem that the rules around what can and cannot be recycled are always changing and that is for good reason… THEY ARE! As technology advances, recycling plants can accept and sort new materials. The latest addition? Paper cups.
Paper cups contain a plastic lining to provide liquid barriers; and not all mills are equipped to separate the plastic from the recovered fiber pulp. Recently, a large percentage of manufacturers of fiber packaging and other paper-based products have worked with recyclers and mills to accept bales containing paper cups. Recycling empty paper cups provides a high-quality fiber which can then be reprocessed and made into new products like cereal cartons, facial tissue boxes, etc.
What will be the next item added to the list of recyclables? We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we do!