Plastic cup recycling firm launched

Polystyrene cup recycling has reached commercial scale with the launch of the Save-a-Cup Recycling Company. Funded by polymer and cup producers and the vending and food service industry, the venture is aiming to recycle 9% of vending cup sales by the end of 1994.

The scheme was proposed last September (ENDS Report 200, p 14) following a pilot study in London which was sponsored by polystyrene producer Dow Chemical and vending company Autobar. The final version remains much the same, although the initial recycling target has been cut back. It had been hoped that the scheme would be recovering 10% of the 20,000 tonnes of annual cup sales by the start of 1994. Now the target has shifted to the end of that

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