Paper cup recycling manifesto signed by top coffee chains

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Aim is to increase recycling rates and paper cup recovery by the year 2020

An industry wide Manifesto has been initiated by The Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) and Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG), the aim of which is to drastically increase recycling rates and paper cup recovery by the year 2020.

Over thirty have signed up to the Manifesto, including major coffee chains such as Costa Coffee, Caffe Nero and Starbucks.

Coffee chains sign up to cup recycling manifesto

Coffee chains sign up to cup recycling manifesto

The Manifesto has been accepted by Defra, who see it as a refreshing example of a positive collaboration within the industry.

Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Packaging, Mark Pawsey MP, who has been involved in the Manifesto’s development, said how encouraging it was to see the industry working so closely together, to help come up with and adopt the right solutions for the recovery and recycling of paper cups.

The Manifesto, which is a voluntary undertaking and funded by themselves, guarantees that: “The paper cup supply chain agrees to 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.”

Reports in the media recently, have blasted coffee chains on the high street for confusing the public as to how many paper cups are actually recycled. It was reported that only one out of four hundred paper cups from high street coffee chains are recycled.

According to the UK’s only paper cup recycling business, Simply Cups, only 3m paper cups were actually recycled in the UK last year.

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