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Takeaway Cup Recycling Solved in Australia

December 21, 2020

Australian owned manufacturer Detpak has partnered with Shred-X and Opal Australian Paper to provide a local recycling solution for takeaway cups.

The partnership brings together the technology and the capacity to recycle takeaway cups into other paper packaging products in Australia.

Detpak General Manager of Marketing and Innovation Tom Lunn said the unique lining in RecycleMe™ cups allows them to be recycled within existing infrastructure.

“The industry has struggled with finding a true solution for recycling coffee cups,” Tom said.

“The next generation lining in a RecycleMe™ cup allows it to be recycled without additional investment from paper recycling plants.

“Our recent partnership with Opal Australian Paper promotes a local recycling solution to support a circular economy.

“This means consumers can still order their coffee to go, knowing that their RecycleMe™ takeaway cup will live again as a paper product right here in Australia,” Tom said.

Image of cups being collected at Shred-X
Image of paper being manufactured at Opal Australian Paper

Group General Manager of Opal Australian Paper Adrian Berton said the innovative cups were recently recycled in a trial at the paper mill’s Maryvale plant.

“RecycleMe™ is the only takeaway cup which is recyclable in Maryvale’s De-inking and Recycling facility,” Adrian said.

“Thanks to its unique and state of the art lining, RecycleMe™ cups have an extremely high recovery of fibre when compared to a traditional takeaway cup.

“Our recycling plant has recently produced 300 tonnes of 100% recycled pulp containing a proportion of fibre from the RecycleMe™ cups,” Adrian said.

Promoting a true end to end solution allowing takeaway cups to be recycled in Australia, RecycleMe™ is the next generation of cup.

Learn more about RecycleMe™.

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