New technology for coffee cups separates plastic from paper

Many coffee companies both large and small turn to paper cups. Starbucks uses about 4 billion disposable cups annually, but unless you're in cities with robust recycling programs such as Seattle or San Francisco, the cup probably ends up in the landfill. This is because most paper recyclers don't take those cups due to the thin coating of plastic resin inside the cup. The coating serves its purpose to prevent seeping and to enhance insulation, but it doesn't help increase recycling rates.