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Sustana Fiber Signs Commitment to Increase Paper Cup Recycling

Sustana Fiber together with a gaggle of outstanding paper mills and finish markets throughout North America signed a declaration of acceptance and a dedication to growing recycling of paper cups.  The group contains Essity, GP PRO, Graphic Packaging International, Great Lakes Tissue Company, ND Paper, Pratt Industries, WestRock and Sustana Fiber.

These organizations representing 75% of blended paper demand (by amount consumed) within the U.S. and Canada are accepting paper cups. Seven firms with 25 paper mills actively settle for residential blended paper bales (ISRI grade 54) with paper cups included, whereas three firms with 5 services presently settle for paper cups when included with aseptic and gable prime cartons in carton bales (ISRI grade 52).

Paper cups have a coating on the within (for warm drink cups) or on each side (for chilly drink cups) that gives a liquid barrier to the fiber. Although the coating has lengthy been seen as a cause not to recycle paper cups, a number of firms have performed exams and decided that the coating doesn’t current an impediment to recycling the cups of their services. The mills use pulping methods that separate the coatings from the fiber, recovering the fiber with a 70% to 90% yield.

“Sustainability is on the forefront of the whole lot we do at Sustana. Our investments in specialised gear permit us to effectively get well fiber from single-use espresso cups for re-use in premium purposes, and we’re happy to help this recycling initiative. Increasing the viability and acceptance of paper cup recycling is a vital step towards constructing a round economic system in our markets,” mentioned Fabian de Armas, CEO of Sustana.

Many of the mill representatives who signed the assertion are members of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), which facilitated a lot of the testing and the collaborative effort that resulted within the joint declaration. FPI and its members work to align provide chain companions and strengthen finish markets, in addition to supply grants to assist materials restoration services (MRFs) and communities add paper cups to their residential recycling packages.

“All recycling depends upon finish markets, and never all mills are readily outfitted to separate the plastic coating discovered on paper cups. However, the services that signed this declaration are shining a highlight not solely on their capacity, however their dedication to settle for paper cups,” mentioned Natha Dempsey, president of FPI. “We encourage communities and MRFs to join immediately with their finish markets and native mills to test if they may settle for bales containing paper cups.”

The mill assertion and an interactive map, together with different assets on paper cup recycling might be discovered on

About Sustana Fiber
Sustana Fiber is a number one producer of FSC®-certified sustainable recycled fibers. At our services in De Pere, Wisconsin (USA) and Lévis, Quebec (Canada), we’re utilizing automated proprietary processes to flip recovered paper into high-quality recycled fiber to be used in printing papers, tissue grades and shaped molded fiber packaging. We additionally produce EnviroLife® sustainable recycled fiber compliant with FDA requirements for meals service packaging. Learn extra about how our merchandise and manufacturing practices help the round economic system at

About FPI Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute is the commerce affiliation for the foodservice packaging business in North America. FPI promotes the worth and advantages of foodservice packaging and serves because the business’s main authority to educate and affect stakeholders. Members embody uncooked materials and equipment suppliers, producers, distributors and purchasers of foodservice packaging. For extra info or to comply with us on social media, go to

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