Following its inaugural formal meeting, the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG) is pleased to announce the appointment its executive board.
Neil Whittall, of Huhtamaki, has been appointed chair and executive board member, along with fellow elected executive board members: Adrian Pratt, of Benders Paper Cups, Oliver Rosevear, of Costa Coffee, Matt Spencer, of Caffè Nero and Bradley Smith of Grundon Waste Management.
Building on work previously undertaken by the PCRRG, the executive board has chosen to focus initial efforts on two key parts of the paper cup supply chain and has set up working groups accordingly.
One working group will consider how consumers recycle their paper cups, initially within a specific location, and will test what influences their behaviour; the other working group will focus on the logistical, technical and economic viability associated with sorting and reprocessing used paper cups to obtain materials of an appropriate quality that can be reused in the paper supply chain.
Adrian Pratt, Benders – “It’s exciting to get a cross-sector team together to undertake a trial to understand the economic viability of transporting and reprocessing collected paper cups for use back in the paper supply chain”
Neil Whittall, of Huhtamaki, who will be leading the working group for the ‘upstream’ project, said: “I am really looking forward to working with fellow members to effectively target and understand consumers’ behaviour at each touch point and how we can affect their actions to capture enough of the right materials, with low levels of contamination.”
Adrian Pratt, of Benders and working group lead for the “downstream” project, said: “It’s exciting to get a cross-sector team together to undertake a trial to understand the economic viability of transporting and reprocessing collected paper cups for use back in the paper supply chain.
“We hope to truly establish the probable mix of materials that reprocessors would be expected to handle and the likely outputs from the sorting stages, in order to assess the potential for the project to be viably scaled up.”
LRS continues to manage and coordinate the PCRRG and its activities and is supporting the implementation of the working group projects, which will be undertaken using controlled trials over the next three to six months.
The Group formed in July this year with an aim to increase recognition that used paper cups can provide high quality material to the market place and that there is a need to ensure that it is captured effectively for use in the supply chain.
The Group’s objectives are to continue to drive action around the development of the collection and recycling opportunities for paper cups and identify and support implementation of solutions to sustainably transform used paper cups into a valuable resource.
The 14 founding members of the PCRRG are:
- Benders Paper Cups
- Caffè Nero
- First Mile
- Grundon Waste Management
- James Cropper PLC
- Mars Drinks
- Maxabel International
- Mondelēz International
- Nestlé Professional
- Seda Group
- Selecta UK
- Solo Cup Europe