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NextCupCycle Might Be the Next Big Thing for Recycling Disposable Coffee Cups

NextCupCycle Might Be the Next Big Thing for Recycling Disposable Coffee Cups

Less than 25 percent of the UK’s estimated 3 billion paper cups are recycled annually and earlier this year, the Environmental Minister in the UK proposed a new tax on coffee cups in an effort to reduce waste.

In a bid to stop the tax from going into effect, Professors Dr. Edward Kosior and Dr. John Mitchell worked with Nextek and Ashortwalk to develop NextCupCycle, which blends coffee cups’ high-quality paper and plastic to produce a durable resin to create other products.

Independent has more information on this new concept:

A radical initiative turning disposable coffee cups into a unique “durable” resin could prove to be a breakthrough in recycling unsustainable takeaway cups as well as dramatically reducing waste.

Less than 0.25 per cent of the estimated 3 billion paper cups used each year in the UK are currently recycled, meaning the vast majority end up in landfill or energy-from-waste incinerators.

Earlier this year, the Environment Minister suggested a new tax could be placed on coffee cups in a bid to reduce waste.

However, calls for disposable paper cups to be more widely recycled are challenged by the make-up of the cups themselves.

Read the full story here.

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