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Paper Recyclers Are Beginning To Solve The Problem Of Plastic-Lined Cups And Cartons

December 20, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Because disposable coffee cups, milk cartons, takeout boxes, and other food packages have a plastic lining, most recycling systems in the U.S. can’t handle them. But that is starting to change as the recycled paper industry redesigns its systems to salvage, sanitize, and recycle the paper from these containers. Georgia-Pacific, for example, is equipping two of its 14 facilities to be able to separate the paper from plastic, then recycle it into products like paper towels for restaurants and toilet rolls for commercial buildings. It portends a time when customers will be able to safely throw their Starbucks cups into the recycling bin without having to think twice.
Elizabeth Segran, "Why it’s so hard to recycle coffee cups—and why that’s finally starting to change", Fast Company, December 20, 2020, © Mansueto Ventures LLC
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