The local cafe has switched to biodegradable cups for their takeaway coffees. Can I use them instead of bringing my own?

Sorry, no. Most takeaway cups sold as eco-friendly or biodegradable are lined with a waterproof layer of CPLA (temperature-resistant biodegradable plastic) which only breaks down under industrial composting conditions. The bioplastic element also means the cup can’t go in with kerbside cardboard and paper recycling schemes. The only place is general waste bin or ask them if they are organising a takeback scheme.  

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