New food and drink industry group aims to boost Scottish recycling

A new group of food and drinks packaging companies has been established to work with the Scottish Government to help it boost recycling in the country.

The Packaging Recycling Group Scotland (PRGS), which also aims to support for reduction and anti-littering programmes, is to work collaboratively with the Scottish Government and its agencies to assist in raising recycling awareness.

With an emphasis on increasing recycling rates and quality, Ian Shearer, PRGS co-ordinator, said support for the initiative has been strong.

“We have strong support – almost 30 organisations now – with a collective desire to work more closely with key bodies on these objectives. A collaborative strategic approach, with a willingness to share knowledge and best practice, and develop partnership solutions, is the right way forward,” he said.

“PRGSis well-positioned to harness the expertise and enthusiasm for progress presented by an unprecedented coalition of market-leading manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and trade organisations – representing businesses large and small – with a proven track record of supporting Scottish recycling.”

Mr Shearer add that with the Scottish Government’s zero waste ambitions and 2025 recycling targets, it is sending out a clear message that it is prioritising the issue.

“There is now an opportunity for Government and Zero Waste Scotland to forge a distinctly Scottish new partnership model to help leave a sustainable legacy for future generations, building on the significant progress and innovation in recycling of the last 10 years.PRGSis committed to supporting such an approach.”