Drinking coffee from paper cups are as common as drinking water from plastics bottle. The issue however, is recycling of disposable cups. The disposable cups are made up of 90-95% of high strength paper (fibers) with a 5% thin coating of plastic (PE).
To address the recycling issue, James Cropper Speciality Papers of UK have developed a process which involves softening the cup waste, and separating the plastic coating from the fiber. After skimming off the plastic, remains are pulverised and recycled, leaving water and pulp behind. According to the company news release, the high grade pulp is reused in luxury papers and packaging materials.
An innovative approach to address a common problem.
[Reference: www.jamescropper.com/news ]