Coffee cup recycling rates have increased from an estimated 1:400 to 1:25 in just two years and will increase to 1:12 in 2019, according to a Report published today (29th October) by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG).
Through its collaborative programme of workshops and seminars, the PCRRG has facilitated a step change in paper cup recycling that sees it confident of meeting its 2016 Manifesto Goal that ‘by 2020 the greater majority of the UK population will have access to information, schemes and facilities that enable used paper cups to be sustainably recovered and recycled.’
In fact, the Report shows that capacity exists now to recycle all the papers cups used in the UK.
In the past 12 months the work of the PCRRG and its members have led to the following progress:
Mark Pawsey, Chairman of the All Party Parliament Group on Packaging, said: “The figures speak for themselves, but what impresses me is how this industry has taken a serious challenge and pulled together to effect change that is workable for all stakeholders. The desire to make change has driven people to set aside their competitive differences in order to achieve something that is wanted by consumers, desired by Government and is right for the industry. I am confident the PCRRG will meet and exceed its Manifesto goal and its work is a credit to the industry and an example to other sectors.”
Ends 29 October 2018
* the ACE UK paper cup collection scheme was launched in earlier 2018 by 14 organisations in collaboration with ACE UK (the Alliance for Beverage cartons and the Environment) to accelerate the recycling of PE lined paper cups. Cups are now accepted at more than 430 ACE bring banks in 115 local authorities and the scheme is rapidly expanding.
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