Paper Cup Recycling

The third recycling loop of PAPSTAR Solutions GmbH around the paper cup, listed in the „pure“ product line, is literally watertight - by the way, it was successfully tested with endurance athletes at a triathlon event in the Eifel region.

Circular Solutions

Recycling is the process of reprocessing discarded recyclables into a new product. The original product is destroyed in this process, but the recovered recyclable material is used to make new products. And that's how it works with the classic paper cup.

Raw material: The paper cup made of FSC®-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) virgin fiber cardboard does not require any coating and is therefore ideal for paper recycling.

Empty of residue: The only condition is that the used cups are empty of residue. Cups and packaging are considered to be empty of residue when they are optimally exhausted, what means  it has to be drip-free by liquid products, spatula-clean by paste-like products and trickle-free by powder-like products.

Disposal: The used cups are taken back in the same way as they were delivered - each in a cardboard  (stacked or crumpled) and in an environmentally friendly rotary-system (outward and return loads, so that no additional trips are necessary and no unnecessary CO₂ emissions are produced).

Another, often preferred option is direct contact with the locally or regionally based disposal service provider, with PAPSTAR Solutions GmbH taking over the coordination.

Recycling: The sorted cups are afterward transported logistically efficiently to the nearest paper factory/recycling center, where they are getting a second life. Paper fibers can be recycled ten to 25 times. With each recycling process, the fibers become shorter until they finally can no longer combine to form paper. Recycled paper is mainly used to make magazines and newspapers, exercise books, printer paper or packaging papers such as cardboard boxes.


Christoph Stahlhacke, PAPSTAR Solutions GmbH