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Industry-wide manifesto for recycling paper cups

29 June 2016

Following media attention and consumer concern over the recycling of paper cups, the Foodservice Packaging Association (FPA) and the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG) have launched a manifesto to raise recovery and recycling rates.

Including more than 40 companies, many of which are high street businesses and blue chip companies, the manifesto was launched by Mark Pawsey MP, chair of the All Party Party Parliamentary Group for Packaging.

Launched at an event at the QEII conference centre in Westminster, the initiative aims to see significant increases in recovery and recycling of paper cups by 2020.

It involves voluntary commitment and is funded by its members, aiming to deliver systemic changes.

The issue of paper cup recycling was brought to the public's attention last March through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War On Waste initiative and followed numerous industry efforts.

Launch of the manifesto followed two summit meetings in April and May, leading to it being finalised soon after.

BaxterStorey is a founding signatory of the manifesto and head of sustainable business Mike Hanson said:

"We use millions of paper cups every year and we have a responsibility to our clients and customers to maximise opportunities for responsible waste management and to mitigate associated impacts.

"Our position as a sustainable business means we need to help drive the green agenda and we're very proud to be supporting the launch of the Paper Cup Manifesto."

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