At International Paper, we are committed to expanding the end of life options available for our products. As part of this commitment, we are aggressively working across the supply chain to increase the ability of consumers to recycle paper cups.
We recently tested the concept of turning used paper cups back into new paper cups. The story of that trial and some lessons learned at each stage of the cycle are captured below.
To see some of the images documenting how we processed recovered used paper cups into new cups, please click on the camera icon to the right.
The old cups we collected came from both coffee chains and restaurants and included many different brands. Consumers did a fair job of following disposal instructions - removing the lid, stir sticks, etc.
A material recovery facility (MRF) processed and baled the material.
The Recycling Mills
Mississippi River Pulp, LLC. received the baled product, combined it with other recovered paper material and converted the material into FDA compliant de-inked pulp.
Our coated paperboard mill located in Texarkana, Texas, received the bales of de-inked pulp, combined them with other feedstock materials, and then processed the material into cupstock.
Closing the Loop - Converting Cups
Our Kenton, Ohio, cup plant successfully converted the cupstock back into paper hot cups using a minimum of 10% PCF.
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