UK-based cup recycling scheme Simply Cups has collaborated with Smart Planet Technologies (SPT) to recover and recycle its reCUP range of paper cups for hot beverages.
Designed by SPT in California, US, reCUP can be recycled at traditional paper mills. Minerals are used as coating inside the cup in order to reduce their plastic content by up to 50%.
Simply Cups co-founder Peter Goodwin said: “SPT has rightly recognised that, for its products to be recycled, they first need to be collected separately at source and then forwarded to a paper reprocessing plant.
“As the only organisation in the UK operating this service, Simply Cups was the obvious choice.”
Simply Cups is a joint venture formed by Closed Loop Environmental Solutions and Simply Waste Solutions, which is the lone workable paper cup recovery and recycling service in the UK.
UK’s disposable packaging company 4 Aces is also a founding member of Simply Cups.
Smart Planet Technologies president Will Lorenzi said: “The first step in resolving the lack of paper cup recycling is to give the recycling industry a paper cup worth recycling.
“Once the coating is no longer an obstacle to recycling, a paper cup becomes a valuable material to recycle.
“We have substantiated that our cup material can be processed through standard paper mill recycling infrastructure and our relationship with Simply Cups will provide assurance to businesses and consumers that the reCUP will meet its ‘recyclable’ commitment.”
The company also noted that Simply Cups will offer a dedicated collection service to collect reCUPs across the UK.