1. Compostable packaging including PLA hot cups are made with a bioplastic lining.This lining is made from plants which reduces the use of fossil fuels. The product itself is a polymer, but has a renewable base.
2. PLA packaging composts under specific conditions as defined by the EU standard EN134321. These conditions are present at commercial composting facilities. To ensure your PLA product is successfully processed, ensure it is collected for commercial composting.
3. Compostable cups cannot be recycled in the paper and cardboard recycling stream and should be collected seperately for commercial composting. This due to the limitations with separating the lining from the paper fibre3. And despite some claims that they can be placed in the mixed kerbside recycling bin, as demonstrated in our recent article, a MRF cannot process any takeaway cups for recycling.