Cartons are made mainly from a natural renewable material, reducing the demand on the Earth’s non-renewable resources. Cartons are made mainly from a natural renewable material, reducing the demand on the Earth’s non-renewable resources.
Cartons are collected in 91% of UK local authority areas making them easy to recycle. Cartons are collected in 91% of UK local authority areas making them easy to recycle.
Cartons are lightweight and space-efficient, thereby lowering transport impacts. Cartons are lightweight and space-efficient, thereby lowering transport impacts.
Cartons are low-carbon packages helping to reduce climate impacts. Cartons are low-carbon packages helping to reduce climate impacts.
Cartons are recyclable, reducing packaging waste and saving valuable resources. Cartons are recyclable, reducing packaging waste and saving valuable resources.

Cartons have a strong environmental story to tell.

They are made mainly from wood fibre, a natural renewable resource, and are a low carbon packaging choice which can easily be recycled.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK represents leading beverage carton manufacturers, Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, in profiling the environmental credentials of cartons. Please explore our website to find out more about recycling cartons and the work of ACE UK.

UK’s only beverage carton recycling plant opens for business

UK’s only beverage carton recycling plant opens for business The UK's only beverage carton recycling facility has been officially opened by Lord de Mauley. The result of a joint venture between ACE UK and Sonoco Alcore, the plant is capable of recycling 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market, and is expected to significantly boost UK recycling rates. Read more >

re:cartons – Let’s recycle more

re:cartons – Let’s recycle more To drive carton recycling across the UK and increase tonnages to the UK mill, ACE UK has created re:cartons – an easy-to-understand campaign identity. The campaign is designed to increase the effectiveness of ACE UK’s communications with local authorities through a clear and simple message and call to action. It is also consumer-friendly enough for local authorities to use directly with local residents to engage with them around carton recycling. Read more >

Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
    local
    authorities
    406
  • Local authorities collecting
    cartons
    370 (91%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 241 (59%)
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