In a short video published on May 7, 2018, the BBC reported on a paper coffee cup that can be “recycled in existing systems.” The coffee cups, called Frugal Cups, were developed by packaging manufacturer Frugalpac. “Coffee chain paper cups are made from ‘virgin’ card adhered to waterproof plastic,” the company explains on its website. This mixture of paper and plastic inner lining is difficult to recycle and can thus far only be handled by specialist recycling plants, the BBC noted. In contrast, the Frugal Cup is “made from recycled paperboard with a one-piece waterproof liner that easily separates from the body of the cup in standard recycling facilities,” Frugalpac further writes on its website.

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BBC (May 7, 2018). “The coffee cup which can be recycled in existing systems.