New Scottish food and drink industry group aims to boost Scottish recycling


A new group of leading Scottish organisations and companies operating across the drinks and food packaging supply chain has been established to boost recycling.

The Packaging Recycling Group Scotland (PRGS) aims to work with the Scottish Government, its agencies and local authorities to improve recycling awareness, increase recycling rate, improve quality of materials and support waste reduction.


PRGS coordinator Ian Shearer said: “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.

“PRGS is 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.”

The group has already held informal talks with Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.

Ian Shearer added: “With its zero waste ambitions and 2025 recycling targets, the Scottish Government is sending out a clear message that this is a priority.

“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. PRGS is committed to supporting such an approach.”