Paper cup recycling points on the rise, says PCRRG

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The PCRRG estimates there are more than 4,000 recycling points in the UK
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Used paper cup recycling points have increased dramatically over the past year, according to a new report published by the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG).

In in annual progress report, the PCRRG now estimates there are now more than 4000 recycling points in the UK, including in large food chains such as Costa Coffee, Starbucks and McDonald’s.

Third party operations like Simply Cups have also increased their networks and partnerships over the past 12 months.

Speaking to RWW, Neil Whittall, chairman of the PCRRG, said: “The general understanding of consumers has improved and we also hit a media change where consumers are noticing the effect of paper cup recycling more.

“We have managed to get more companies on board- the whole supply chain is now involved.”

Despite the progress, Whittall still argues the UK has a long way to go to keep on improving paper cup recycling rates.

He said: “Infrastructure still has its challenges, the problem is that we don’t want to contaminate someone’s waste stream so we have to think intelligently with how waste moves around.

“We are looking at schemes and different models to change consumer behaviour as well as finding solutions which work for different areas.”

The report also sets out the scope of PCRRG activity for the coming year, which includes facilitating and funding a number of projects, the first of which being the ‘Keep Scotland Beautiful’ litter composition study this Autumn.

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Hi Alexandra,

I'm sure if you check out the PCRRG website, they will be able to offer you some assistance.


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From a LA Recycling Promotions Officer point of view, is there a map of these recycling points that we can use to point residents towards, for instance similar to the Refill app? Thank you.

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