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Why it's so hard to recycle coffee cups

Melanie Wong | Dec 7, 202005:25 PM     4

" . . . Disposable coffee cups, milk cartons, takeout boxes, and other food packaging has a plastic lining to make sure liquids and oils don’t seep through. But most recycling systems in the U.S. aren’t designed to process these plastic-coated containers: The plastic can jam up recycling machines, and if the plastic somehow makes it through the process, paper mills won’t be able to use it.

All of this is about to change. The recycled paper industry in the United States is redesigning its systems to salvage the paper from these containers, then sanitize and recycle it. This couldn’t come at a better time. Since the pandemic started, curbside recycling has increased 7% while office paper recycling has dramatically decreased. At the same time, Americans have been ordering more food to their homes, making it even more crucial to find a recycling solution for these plastic-lined containers . . . "

Why it’s so hard to recycle coffee cups—and why that’s finally starting to change

Recycling companies are making a small change to their systems, which could dramatically increase what we’re able to recycle.

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