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.

2015 Golden Carton Awards entry deadline extended to 29th Feb!

2015 Golden Carton Awards entry deadline extended to 29th Feb! The awards recognise and reward local authorities achieving the greatest improvements in beverage carton recycling, celebrating environmental leadership and recycling best-practice. They are open to all local authorities signed-up to send beverage cartons to ACE UK’s dedicated UK carton recycling facility. The awards have two categories: ‘Greatest Percentage Increase in Beverage Carton Recycling’ and ‘Best Communications Campaign’. Read more >

Recycle Now quarterly materials platform

Recycle Now quarterly materials platform ACE UK is delighted to be supporting the Recycle Now Paper, Card and Carton quarterly materials platform. We have lots of free recycling-themed goodies and other resources to help Local Authorities boost carton recycling in their area. On request every LA in the UK will be offered £200 of Carton Credit to ‘spend’ on these goodies. Find out what's available on our re:cartons toolkit page. Read more >

Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
    local
    authorities
    391
  • Local authorities collecting
    cartons
    362 (92%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 250 (64%)
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