US-based Smart Planet Technologies has collaborated with packaging specialist 4 Aces to trial its new recyclable paper cup, reCUP, across the UK.

Currently available in the US, reCUP has been specially developed for recycling purposes.

"The first step in solving the paper cup recycling problem is to give the recycling industry a paper cup worth recycling."

The cups are compatible with standard recycling equipment, and can be used to produce recycled paperboard packaging solutions.  

More than 2.5 billion coffee cups are currently disposed of in the UK annually.   

Smart Planet Technologies president Will Lorenzi said: “The first step in solving the paper cup recycling problem is to give the recycling industry a paper cup worth recycling.”

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4 Aces managing director Chris Penn added: “We have been looking for the most efficient way to resolve the problem of recycling paper cups and a new cup that can be processed through existing recycling equipment is a big first step in the right direction.

“4 Aces is committed to greater sustainability in disposable packaging and we’re excited to see if we have found the missing piece when it comes to getting paper cups recycled effectively.”