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'World's first' fully recyclable coffee cup is coming to the UK

'World's first' fully recyclable coffee cup is coming to the UK

The "world's first recyclable paper coffee cup" is coming to the UK, potentially diverting millions of cups away from landfill. More than 2.5 billion cups are thrown away every year in the UK, according to Which? magazine, creating a 25,000-tonne mountain of waste that is almost wholly dumped in landfill sites. FURTHER READING London commuters urged to turn to tap water to slash carbon emissions Glastonbury goes green: festival declares war on plastic water bottles The vast majority of conventional coffee cups are made of 95 per cent cardboard from 80-year-old trees and five per cent polyethylene plastic, because EU regulations prevent coffee cups being made from recycled paper. Special facilities are needed to separate the thin layer of plastic used to keep the drink warm and prevent the cup getting soggy from the cardboard, which means most cups are rejected by recycling...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2352580/worlds-first...

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