Apparently the polyethylene lining which makes the cups impermeable can’t be separated from the paper, so most of the cup cannot be recycled and ends up in a landfill for decades.
There are Alternatives
Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s of BBC’s War on Waste, focused light on how few of the cups were being recycled. However there are alternatives. Frugalpac, has developed a 100% recyclable eco-cup, while some coffee shops have started using reusable cups. In fact, Starbucks offers a 50p discount to customers who use their own cups.
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