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FAQ: Paper Cup Recycling - Sustainability at Wake Forest

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FAQ: Paper Cup Recycling

Q: I often grab a to-go cup of coffee or beverage before heading to class or work in the morning. Can I recycle the paper cup the beverage is served in?

A: The problem with to-go beverage cups is that the cups are made of paper with a thin layer of wax or plastic lining, which helps to keep the liquid from soaking through the paper. The process for separating the paper from the liner isn’t yet technologically or economically feasible. Regular customers of certain international coffee chains have been led to believe that the process has been widely implemented, which is not the case. If grabbing a beverage to-go is a part of your daily ritual, make sure to carry a reusable mug or cup. You will cut the waste and, at most locations, get a discount.