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Cities add Paper cups to list of Recyclables

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NEW YORK (Scrap Register): Two million U.S. residents now can recycle their hot and cold paper beverage cups, as Denver joins Washington, D.C.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Louisville, Ky., in the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s (Falls Church, Va.) Community Partner program.

In Denver, material recovery facility Alpine Waste & Recycling will send the recovered paper cups to the Sustana Fox River Fiber (De Pere, Wis.) paper mill, which produces about 450 tons of de-inked recycled pulp a day from the 1.3 million pounds of postconsumer paper it receives from suppliers.

Denver aims to use the addition of paper cups to its recycling stream as a way to draw more attention to its recycling program, FPI says. More than a year after the FPI Community Partner program launched to increase curbside collection of food-service packaging, Washington, Chattanooga, and Louisville all reported increased recycling overall. Other cities accepting paper cups for recycling include New York, Seattle, and San Francisco.

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