The PCRRG announces new members

pcrrgThe Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group (PCRRG) is pleased to announce the creation of Supporter Membership as a new level of membership and its first two Supporter Members – WRAP and bio-bean – as well as Starbucks Coffee Company as the Group’s first new Member of the year.

The new Supporter Member level extends the reach of the Group to organisations indirectly associated with the paper cup supply chain.  It is free to join and designed for organisations which do not specifically influence the production, purchase or recycling of paper cups, but which share in the Group’s vision to enable the diversion of post-consumer used cups back into the supply chain.

Neil Whittall, of Huhtamaki and chair of the PCRRG said, “It’s really pleasing to be progressing from the outset of 2015; we welcome Starbucks as a Member of the Group and look forward to working with WRAP and bio-bean, as our first official Supporter Members.”

Brendan Hunter, Key Account Manager – Hospitality & Food Service, WRAP, said, “We have been supporting and watching the PCRRG with interest and are pleased to now officially become a Supporter Member and look forward to sharing our best practice with the Group and engaging our stakeholders about the Group’s sustainability projects.”

Jim Hanna, director, environmental impact, Starbucks Coffee Company, said, “Starbucks is committed to doing business responsibly. Becoming a Member of the Paper Cup Recovery and Recycling Group is a way for us to engage, collaborate and openly communicate with the key stakeholders across the value chain, as well as share our best practices at finding real solutions to paper cup recycling in other geographies.”

Arthur Kay, co-founder and CEO of bio-bean, said, “I am excited to be involved in this proactive sustainability Group and I’m looking forward to networking and knowledge sharing with its members.”

Dee Moloney, Managing Director of LRS Consultancy – a resource efficiency consultancy that is managing and coordinating the PCRRG – commented, “Supporter Membership brings a whole new level to the PCRRG that will enable other sectors of industry to engage with developing sustainable solutions for the paper cup supply chain.  We expect to see all sorts of organisations accessing and joining the Group now, including venue operators, facilities management companies, transport hubs, trade associations, charities and the media.”

Organisations from across the paper cup supply chain that may be interested in becoming a PCRRG Member and wider UK organisations interested in becoming a Supporter Member can find out more at or by contacting