Why aren't coffee cups accepted?

To ensure cups holding liquid don't get soggy, they are fused with polyethylene, a type of plastic. Since the cup is made of multiple layers of material, separating these materials isn't possible in most standard recycling facilities. However, since there are advanced and specifically designed facilities in the world capable of recycling this material, companies creating the cups can claim they are 'recyclable'. This is why you may see claims of recycling acceptance on a cup, but don't be fooled! In Franklin County, coffee cups are not accepted for recycling. The good thing is, you don't have to contribute to the problem of coffee cups taking up space in the local landfill. Bring your own reusable cup or ask for a reusable mug if you will be enjoying your beverage at your favorite coffee spot! Many stores even give discounts for bringing your own mug- and they are typically spill-proof!

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1. What's accepted for recycling?
2. What's not accepted for recycling?
3. Why can't I bag my recyclables?
4. Why is it important to flatten cardboard boxes before placing them in my container?
5. How do I recycle in my community?
6. I live in an apartment, condo or other multi-family housing unit and don't have curbside. Where can I recycle?
7. What happens during the recycling process?
8. How does a recycling facility work?
9. What's our county's recycling rate?
10. Why is recycling important?
11. I recycle everything, even if I'm not sure if it's accepted. Is this okay?
12. How do I recycle items not accepted?
13. What do I do with my yard waste?
14. How do I recycle plastic bags?
15. Is there anywhere I can recycle #5 plastics?
16. What does a recycling symbol on a product mean?
17. What do the numbers of plastics mean?
18. Why aren't napkins, paper towels, or tissues accepted for recycling?
19. Why aren't coffee cups accepted?
20. Why isn't Styrofoam accepted?
21. What do I do with prescription drugs?
22. When are pizza boxes not accepted?
23. How can I report illegal dumping and littering?
24. Why are aluminum and steel cans accepted but other metals aren't?
25. Why are beverage/food cartons accepted?
26. What's made from recycled plastic bottles?
27. What's made from recycled aluminum cans?
28. What's made from recycled glass?
29. What's made from recycled cartons?
30. I've heard of a circular economy, but what exactly does that mean?
31. I want to reduce and reuse! What should I do?
32. Why are recycling and landfill bins sometimes emptied into the same container?
33. Why are recyclables not sorted out at the landfill?