Unfortunately, there is not a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer. There is a lot of confusion in this area from industry and the consumer alike. Planet Ark talks about the issues succinctly here. Cups have thin bioplastic (in our case) or plastic waterproof linings, and they are classified as Liquid Paper Board. Just like milk and juice cartons, they are widely accepted across New Zealand and Australia in the co-mingled recycling collections. However, many – not all – waste companies say they can't accept paper coffee cups. Call your local Council to find out if they will accept paper cups.
The recycling industry is in further turmoil since China's policy to stop taking 24 types of solid waste from across the world in January 2018. Australia used to export 600,000 tonnes of recyclable waste to China annually. For us, this is the perfect time to look at commercial composting as a serious alternative. See our Compost Service page to arrange composting services in your area.