Cartons are made mainly from a natural renewable material, reducing the demand on the Earth’s non-renewable resources.
Cartons are collected in 91% 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 recycling cartons and the work of ACE UK.
UK’s only beverage carton recycling plant opens for business
The UK's only beverage carton recycling facility has been officially opened by Lord de Mauley. The result of a joint venture between ACE UK and Sonoco Alcore, the plant is capable of recycling 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured each year for the UK food and drink market, and is expected to significantly boost UK recycling rates.
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Where are your cartons recycled?
91% 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 now local authorities can use the UK recycling facility, 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 371 (91%)
- Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 227 (56%)
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