As seen in Packaging News Magazine:
Smart Planet Technologies’ reCUP® has achieved AAA rating for recyclability from The Green Dot (Der Grune Punkt) scheme.
Last year the company’s EarthCoating technology was certified with Green Dot A rating recyclability certification.
Now the technology has achieved category AAA Recyclable certification from the Green Dot (Der Grune Punkt) recycling standard – in what it describes as ‘an unparalleled achievement’ in sustainability.
The Green Dot recognises standards for recyclability claims in 31 countries including the UK and Ireland.
This certification for paper cups with EarthCoating is compliant with the Packaging Recovery Organisation Europe “PRO” program per EU Directive 94/62.
In addition, the paper cups are classified for recycling compatibility and collection streams alongside premium uncoated paper grades such as office paper.
“EarthCoating continues to enable a new direction in the recycling of paperboard foodservice packaging” added Chris Tilton, chief materials technology officer at Smart Planet Technologies. “Paperboard packaging with EarthCoating is engineered for recycling and valuable to recyclers to collect and recycle, while maintaining the required levels of packaging performance. The certification demonstrates the ability to take immediate steps to solve the problem, using any and all of the UK recycling infrastructure and programs.”
Will Lorenzi, president, Smart Planet Technologies, added: “Given the UK’s coffee cup recycling debate and interest in reducing plastic content in packaging, it is a remarkable achievement for a paper cup technology to not only achieve the highest rating available for recyclability qualifying for a collection category alongside office paper, but also reducing plastic content in paper cups by 40%.”
In a New Zealand first, coffee cups across the country will be collected and recycled into paper, thanks to the introduction of Detpak’s RecycleMe™ System.
This ground-breaking recycling collection system closes the loop for the industry and guarantees collected paper cups will be counted and recycled into high quality paper products.
The revolutionary takeaway coffee cups feature an innovative next generation lining that can be easily removed from the cup to ensure recyclability in standard pulping processes.
Huhtamaki has acquired the majority of Cup Print Unlimited Company, a privately-owned paper cup manufacturer based in the Republic of Ireland. With the acquisition Huhtamaki improves its access to the growing market of short run custom-printed cups and boosts its on-line commercial activity. The short run capability also allows Huhtamaki to even better support its current customers' promotional activities.
While the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has appeared to rule out a ‘latte levy’ for the time being, Terry Fox, chief executive of Cup Print, said the government is expecting operators to embrace the opportunity to change by switching to sustainable cup options.
He also pointed out that the government’s response to EAC Report on paper cups specifically referenced a recyclable cup. It read: “We understand that a cup is being designed with a minimal plastic content, which could be reprocessed through a regular paper mill.”
An industry insider confirmed to Packaging News this was reference to California-based Smart Planet Technology’s reCUP – which is used by Cup Print.
“The first step in resolving the lack of paper cup recycling is to give the recycling industry a paper cup worth recycling. Once the coating is no longer an obstacle to recycling, a paper cup becomes a valuable material to recycle."
"Simply Cups, the UK’s only workable cup recycling scheme, has entered into a relationship with Smart Planet Technologies (SPT) to recover and recycle the ground-breaking 'reCUP' hot beverage paper cup that can be recycled at traditional paper mills."
"The reCUP is engineered for recyclability in existing recycling infrastructure, which is one of the biggest challenges with getting paper cups recycled."
"Orange Coast will be the first school to use reCUPs on campus. Revenue generated from selling the used cups to a recyclable-paper mill will go toward a new scholarship..."