Cartons are made mainly from a natural renewable material, reducing the demand on the Earth’s non-renewable resources.
Cartons are collected in 89% of UK local authority areas making them easy to recycle.
Cartons are lightweight and space-efficient, thereby lowering transport impacts.
Cartons are low-carbon packages helping to reduce climate impacts.
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 cartons and the work of ACE UK.
The UK's first reprocessing plant
The opening of the UK’s only carton recycling facility in mid-2013 is set to transform beverage carton recycling in the UK. The result of an innovative partnership between ACE UK and Sonoco Alcore, the plant will be capable of recycling 25,000 tonnes of used beverage cartons annually, creating a domestic market for beverage carton recycling and helping to increase recycling rates.
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Where are your cartons recycled?
Almost 90% of UK local authorities offer a carton collection service – either from the kerbside or through the industry’s own bring bank system. These cartons are recycled in a number of ways but from mid-2013 many local authorities will start using the new UK recycling mill, supporting the domestic recycling industry and keeping transport miles to an absolute minimum. Find out where your cartons are being recycled using our interactive map.
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Beverage carton recycling in the UK
- Total no. of
- Local authorities collecting
cartons 360 (89%)
- Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 203 (50%)
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