Reasons why paper cups are difficult to recycle

  • San Francisco has always been a leading city in US environmental protection policies. Since July 2019, restaurants have stopped supplying plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic stirring rods, and plastic toothpicks. Recently, some coffee shops have taken a step further, completely discontinuing disposable embossed coffee cups.

    The disposable coffee cups commonly found in coffee shops today, even if they are marked as recyclable resources, rely heavily on the correct classification of consumers and recycling channels. Take paper cups as an example. At present, the most common classification is paper, but the recycling paths of paper and paper containers are not the same.

    In order to achieve waterproof, oil-proof, deformation-proof and heat-resistant functions, the coffee paper cups commonly used in the market cannot be made of 100% paper. There will be another layer of polyethylene plastic coating in the paper cups. These paper containers must be sent to a professional processing plant that can technically separate the plastic coating and the pulp in order to truly achieve the purpose of recycling.

    Due to the lack of correct recycling pipelines, the disposable coffee cups that seem to be recyclable in the end have caused problems such as the increase in garbage and the additional greenhouse gas emissions generated by the back-end transport to the correct disposal site.

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