Recyclable Plastic Cups? The tip of the Iceberg

Tim Beer from Marshwood Vale Cider raises concern over the effectiveness of the recyclable plastic cups and subsequent disposal methods….

Post/Image credit: Tim Beer – courtesy of Marshwood Vale Cider’s Facebook Page


Cider Plastic Cups


It’s that time of the year again, need to get stocks in for the coming silly season of events, should be an easy decision, but………………………

The vast majority of us now realise we can’t keep polluting this fragile planet we call home, unfortunately this leaves us with hard decisions on what to use for pints, halves and take away containers at events.

For years we have quite happily used recyclable plastic, great idea, or so you would think.
Great product as it is nice and sturdy, if you buy quality.
Great if they are actually recycled, rather than being thrown in with the rubbish but……………

The vast majority of events we trade at through the season do not provide suitable bins for recycling, couple that with “Joe Public” dumping their used glasses in with food waste and you have a recipe for disaster. This will probably all end up in landfill. as it will be classified as contaminated waste.

Last year we bit the bullet and began using fully compostable glasses, made from Polylactic Acid (PLA), it is different than most thermoplastic polymers in that it is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane.
Great, or so you would think…..

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