SIOUX FALLS, SD – Roughly 600,000 tons of paper beverage cups are used each year in the United
States, and far too much of this valuable material ends up in landfills. Today, material recovery facility
Millennium Recycling, Inc. adds paper cups to its recycling list, thanks to a partnership with the Foodservice
“We are committed to giving our customers in Sioux Falls, Yankton, Huron, southwest Minnesota and
beyond the opportunity to provide a new life for recycled cups – not just send them to the landfill,” said
Shannon Dwire, president of Millennium Recycling.
Paper cups were once thought to be non-recyclable due to their plastic lining, which is added to insulate and
prevent leaks. However, a growing number of mills recognize that these cups are a source of high-quality
fiber and are recycling them into new products like tissue, boxes and pulp to make new cups.
Each year, Millennium Recycling processes about 50,000 tons of recyclables, such as plastic bottles, metal
cans, glass jars, paper and cardboard. Cups and other paper items will be sent to mills including WestRock
in St. Paul, Minnesota where they will be turned into 100% recycled paperboard for packaging such as
cereal and tissue boxes. WestRock is one of over a dozen mills in the U.S. and Canada that have
committed to recycling paper cups.
“At FPI, our work is ongoing with communities, recycling facilities and end markets to expand the
opportunities to collect, process and recycle foodservice packaging,” said Lynn Dyer, FPI president.
“Domestic markets for recovered materials are critical for successful recycling, and we congratulate
Millennium Recycling and WestRock for playing a large role in getting more paper cups and paper take-out
Millennium asks residents to please remove and place all lids, straws and stirrers in the trash and to only
recycle clean and empty paper cups. Cup sleeves may be left on the cup. Paper take-out containers may
also be recycled if clean and empty. For more information, visit MillenniumRecycling.com or call (605) 336-