The PCRRG is made up of organisations forming the various parts of the paper cup supply chain, in the UK and Europe and or with an interest in achieving the Group’s objectives. By being a formal member of the PCRRG, organisations will help to continue the important work of encouraging and looking at improving recycling and diversion of paper cups.
The group is also supported by organisations which have an interest in the sector but which are not directly involved in the paper cup supply chain e.g. WRAP and bio-bean.
History of the PCRRG
The PCRRG was originally set up as a special interest group and the development of this group into a formal membership organisation, in 2014, marks another step in the industry’s response to supporting the current activity in the market.
Focus of the PCRRG
The main areas of focus for the group are to:
Bring together different aspects of the supply chain to better understand all the different components and stakeholder views
Conduct research and to identify ways in which to improve the sustainability of the paper cup supply chain
Identify solutions which sees paper cups collected alongside other paper and card products through existing recycling collection infrastructure via either mixed recycling or paper / card only collections.
Develop consistent messaging and educate the involved parties on material value and recyclability
Engage with key stakeholders to understand and address risks associated with the environmental impacts of paper cups
Structure of the PCRRG
The PCRRG Executive Board is made up of elected member organisations and headed by a Chairperson. The executive board and chairperson are elected on an annual basis. The Board is the main decision makers, overseeing and managing the activities and finances of the wider Group. The PCRRG’s activities are managed and coordinated by Anthesis.
Activities of the PCRRG
Setting priorities and determine direction around the key opportunities and challenges that face the paper cup supply chain
Facilitating discussions with key players across the industry (between members and the wider supply chain)
Building awareness of the latest developments in the sector
Fostering innovation and drive progress around resource efficiency
Supporting and engage with supply chain partners and stakeholders
Driving business improvements and enhancing resource efficiency