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Stora Enso aims to start recycling used paper cups at its Langerbrugge Mill in Belgium. Based on production trials, Stora Enso possesses the technical feasibility to recycle paper cups for use in other paper applications. The firm is now looking into partnerships for the collection and sorting of used paper cups to ensure that this high-quality fibre material is captured and given a second life.

Recycled fibre is a vital raw material for Stora Enso as it is aligned with the company’s commitment towards a renewable and circular business. The paper board for cups is made of high-quality, renewable fibres, 2.822which can have several lives due to recycling. Recycling a paper cup can reduce its life cycle carbon footprint by half.

They see this as an opportunity for driving more effective paper cup recycling by developing circular models with partners across the value chain.

“With efficient recycling processes, food service companies using wood fibre-based cups can improve their environmental footprint. Recycling must be made easy for consumers, that is why we want to invite partners and customers to jointly develop business models for collecting paper cups,” said Annica Bresky, executive vice-president of the consumer board division.

In recycling trials at Langerbrugge Mill, half a million baled post-consumer paper cups collected from fast food restaurants and coffee houses were re-pulped and recycled into magazine paper. The result confirmed that paper cups can be recycled at the mill without any additional process equipment, and the fibres are well suited for other paper applications, such as magazine paper production.