Award Recognition For Neil Whittall’s Outstanding Contribution

There have been a record number of paper cup recycling initiatives set in motion during the last 12 months, from the Square Mile Challenge, recycling schemes at festivals, the ACE UK agreement where the paper cup industry and ACE UK are working in partnership for a national paper cup recycling scheme for beverage and food cartons. This is alongside a number of other projects the Paper Cup Recycling and Recovery Group (PCRRG) are working on.

There are a number of groups and individuals who work tirelessly in the background to drive collaboration and move the industry forwards with regards to recycling projects.  It is also true to say that notable and measurably successful projects require at least one key person to ignite interest from the other potential collaborators, to shape and drive the initiative, to keep all interested parties informed and on-track in order to deliver the project and to maintain momentum throughout its execution in the short, medium and long-term to ensure that its objectives are achieved.

At an awards evening, Neil Whittall, Huhtamaki’s Global Category Director for Speciality Coffee, and chair of the PCRRG, was recognised with a Footprint Waste2Zero ‘special contribution’ award, acknowledging his work with the PCRRG within the area of recycling coffee cups, leading discussions on driving and implementing innovative and game-changing recycling programmes.

“The PCRRG have been instrumental in driving the industry’s approach to coffee cup recycling, with the aim of making it easier for consumers to recycle their cups” states Whittall. “There is still a significant amount of work that the entire supply chain can do to further improve recycling rates for coffee cups and we are all working together within the supply chain to ensure that learning, knowledge and experience is shared; this improves the results for all stakeholders.”

Whittall is tireless in his work to elevate the focus on the sustainability agenda within the foodservice packaging industry. He has worked with FPA for many years (as part of the Environment Committee and as Chair) and also with the PCRRG. His outlook has always encompassed the whole industry, with the support of Huhtamaki.