The recyclable cup firm Frugalpac has joined the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG) to “play a part” in the development of the industry.
The PCRRG is made up of various organisations from across the supply chain, including manufacturers, retailers, recycling companies and paper reprocessors.
Brands already involved include coffee retailers Costa, Caffè Nero and Pret and Starbucks, which has said it will evaluate Frugalpac viability, as well as cup manufacturers Seda, Huhtamaki UK and Benders Cups.
Frugalpac founder Martin Myerscough (pictured) said: “While we believe Frugalpac is a ground-breaking innovation, we recognise our cup is only part of the overall solution. That’s why we have decided to play our part by joining the PCRRG and working with companies across the paper cup supply chain. Design, recovery and recycling are all equally important.
“We think Frugalpac’s ability to be disposed of in conventional recycling bins along with newspaper and magazines will really be able to make a big difference. We look forward to helping the PCRRG find solutions across the supply chain.”
The group issued its paper cup manifesto earlier this year with the objective of significantly increasing paper cup recovery and recycling rates by 2020.
It pledges the paper cup supply chain will ”work together to ensure paper cups are designed, used, disposed of and collected to maximise the opportunities for recycling by further investment and funding of recycling, disposal and collection projects”.
Frugalpac launched earlier this year in a bid to help reduce the 2.5 billion cups sent to landfill each year. Made from recycled paper, it can be disposed of alongside paper in normal recycling bins and can be processed through traditional paper streams.
Currently only one in 400 disposable cups is recycled in the UK as their combined waterproof film and paper components are hard to separate and can only be processed at two specialist sites in the country.