Members of the supply chain for the paper cup sector have formally launched the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG).
The group’s primary objectives are around the development of the collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and to identify solutions to transform used paper cups into a sustainable resource.
The areas of focus for the PCRRG will be to:
- bring together different aspects of the supply chain to better understand all of the different stakeholder views
- develop consistent messaging around material value and recyclability
- identify industry wide, self-funding, and easy to access solutions
- conduct in-market trials where appropriate
- manage risks associated with the environmental impacts and legislation of paper cups
It is a development from an original special interest group which claims to have been successful in raising the profile of the value of paper cups and now has more than 50 interested organisations.
PCRRG says its development into a formal membership group will help to identify new opportunities and innovative projects to capture used paper cups for use back in the supply chain.
Matthew Miller, group innovation manager for James Cropper, said, “As the developer and operator of the UK’s first dedicated cup recycling facility, we have long been aware of the need for an industry-wide approach to solving the problem of post-consumer cup recovery and reuse. The group represents a strong commitment from all parts of the supply chain to make this a reality.”