Sustana Fiber along with a group of prominent paper mills and end markets across North America signed a declaration of acceptance and a commitment to increasing recycling of paper cups. The group includes Essity, GP PRO, Graphic Packaging International, Great Lakes Tissue Company, ND Paper, Pratt Industries, WestRock and Sustana Fiber. These organizations representing 75% of mixed paper demand (by quantity consumed) in the U.S. and Canada are accepting paper cups. Seven companies with 25 paper mills actively accept residential mixed paper bales (ISRI grade 54) with paper cups included, while three companies with five facilities currently accept paper cups when included with aseptic and gable top cartons in carton bales (ISRI grade 52). Paper cups have a coating on the inside (for hot drink cups) or on both sides (for cold drink cups) that provides a liquid barrier to the fiber. Although the coating has long been seen as a reason not to recycle paper cups, several companies have conducted tests and determined that the coating does not present an obstacle to recycling the cups in their facilities. The mills use pulping systems that separate the coatings from the fiber, recovering the fiber with a 70% to 90% yield.
America is getting serious about recycling, and pulp and paper products are leading the way.
America Recycles Day®, which is celebrated on Nov. 15, is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Keep America Beautiful.
The EPA has developed a National Recycling Strategy that is a first step toward a circular economy for all. This strategy is aligned with and supports implementation of the national goal to increase the recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030.
The strategy has five objectives to create a more resilient and cost-effective national recycling system:
*Improve markets for recycling commodities.
*Increase collection and improving materials management infrastructure.
*Reduce contamination in the recycled materials stream.
*Enhance policies to support recycling.
*Standardize measurement and increasing data collection.
Additionally, two bills in Congress aim to improve education, access and infrastructure for recycling. The Senate passed the bills this summer, and they await action by the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act instructs the EPA to more formally collect data on recycling and composting programs across the country in order to better address the challenges faced by those programs.
The Recycling Infrastructure and Accessibility Act aims to improve recycling access in rural communities by creating a pilot grant program.
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