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 92% of UK local authority areas making them easy to recycle. Cartons are collected in 92% 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.

ACE UK members achieve 100% target for verified traceability of wood fibre

ACE UK members achieve 100% target for verified traceability of wood fibre ACE members have met their commitment to source 100% wood fibre that is traceable to fully third party verified legal and acceptable sources by the end of 2015 – and that all ACE members' food and drink carton production sites, and the board mills supplying these sites, are now Chain of Custody certified. Read more >

ACE UK event to promote correct carton recycling labelling

ACE UK event to promote correct carton recycling labelling ACE UK and OPRL recently held an event to promote correct recycling labelling of food and drink cartons to retailers and food and drink manufacturers. Whilst figures show that OPRL members correctly label 38% of food and drink cartons there is still some way to go and the event was designed to help improve the figure further. Read more >

Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
    local
    authorities
    391
  • Local authorities collecting
    cartons
    361 (92%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 254 (65%)
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