About cartons

What is a beverage carton?

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 collecting
    354 (93%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 250 (66%)
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