Recycling is a key aspect of waste management but is a murky term as it has been found that less than 9% of recyclable plastics are actually recycled.
When we choose recyclable single-use paper products, we are choosing materials that are reused rather than discarded after a single use.
At a minimum, it is essential to opt for recyclable options to mitigate their impact on the environment. Ideally, it is better to look for products labeled as “100% compostable”, “biodegradable”, or “made from sustainable sources.”
We’re investing in research and development to create innovative solutions that reduce waste, end deforestation and go beyond recycling. With ongoing efforts, we can expect to see more compostable options in the market in the coming years.
What You Can Do
Apart from choosing recyclable options, it is vital to ensure proper recycling practices for single-use paper products. Here are some tips to maximize recycling efforts:
Cleanse the products of any food residue before recycling.
Separate different types of paper products (napkins, plates, cups) for efficient recycling.
Check with your local recycling facilities to understand their specific guidelines.
Consider composting as an alternative for certain paper products if available in your area.