Cups (Plastic and Paper)

Cups (Plastic and Paper)


Can I recycle my coffee cup, red plastic cup or other party cup?

Sorry, those disposable paper and plastic beverage cups cannot be recycled with your home recycling. Do not place them in with curbside or drop-off recycling. The rigid thermoform plastics are brittle and break apart while moving through the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF or recycling plant). The loose pieces end up mixed into the good, recyclable glass and paper in the plant. Make sure the red plastic party cups (and all other colors) make it into the trash instead.

If you don't want to throw cups in the trash, take advantage of a mail-back recycling program. TerraCycle offers national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. The company offers a collection program for rigid plastic cups. Most of the TerraCycle's Brigades offer free shipping as well as a rebate or donation for each piece that you collect. Learn more about TerraCycle's Brigade programs.

Want to know more about the types of plastic that should (and shouldn't) be included in with recycling? Visit our page about plastic.

Learn more about party and event recycling.

Need more details about recycling in Cuyahoga County? See our Recycling FAQs.