Why can't paper drink cups be recycled?
They may seem like something that can easily be recycled but they often have a wax or plastic coating on the inside. This coating keeps the drink warm and prevents the cardboard from becoming soggy therefore, making the cup non-recyclable.
Since paper drink cups cannot be recycled, the only option is to place them in the garbage. This includes:
- Paper coffee cups
- Paper tea cups
- Paper hot chocolate cups
What's the best option for managing paper drink cups?
When grabbing your morning beverage, the most impactful thing you can do to reduce paper drinking cup consumption is to bring your own travel mug. It's better for the environment and it will keep your drink warm, longer - win, win!
Due to the nature of paper drinking cups being a one use item, trying to reuse them is very difficult. Another reason to use a travel mug.