About cartons

What are beverage cartons

Beverage cartons, on average, are made from 75% wood fibre, a natural and renewable resource when sourced from responsibly managed forests.

This wood fibre, in the form of paperboard, provides strength and a smooth, flat surface for printing. In addition, layers of low density polyethylene (21% of the carton) prevent leakage, while a very fine layer of aluminium (4%) provides a barrier to light and oxygen.

 The image below shows a diagram of what a carton is made from.

ACE member companies are committed to sourcing their wood fibre from responsibly managed forests, ensuring these forests remain a renewable resource for generations to come. Click here to find out more.

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Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
    local
    authorities
    391
  • Local authorities collecting
    cartons
    361 (92%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 259 (66%)
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