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Dunkin’ replacing foam cups

Dunkin’, the company formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts, is replacing its foam hot beverage cups with paper ones by the end of the year — with some markets already using them.

  • The new cups, which Dunkin’ said it spend years developing, are made primarily from paper.
  • The new cups, like most paper ones designed to hold beverages, are not recyclable due to the lining used in the manufacturing
  • However, they are at least mostly biodegradable and made from a renewable resource.
  • Dunkin’ has been using foam cups for years while most of its national competitors use paper.
  • Foam cups are not biodegradable or widely recyclable and are also typically made from polymers from the plastics family which, in turn, are commonly derived from petroleum.
  • Many foam cups and foam containers are made from expanded polystyrene (EPS).
  • In some markets, local laws have banned the use of such foam, so Dunkin’ has already had to switch to paper cups in some areas.
  • The nationwide rollout is expected to be done by the end of 2020.