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ACE UK responds to European Commission’s Circular Economy proposals

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has responded to the announcement of the European Commission’s latest Circular Economy proposals.

ACE UK, which represents leading beverage carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak, and SIG Combibloc supports the Commission’s initiative for a coherent policy around enhancing resource efficiency, increasing recycling and boosting innovation and competitiveness. However, it believes the proposals fall short in promoting the use of renewable materials and innovation in recycling technologies.

​Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK said: “The beverage carton industry fully supports the realisation of a Circular Economy, but as all economies must continue to have access to primary resources and materials, it is important to create conditions whereby these materials can be responsibly sourced, to protect their future supply.

“We also believe that the proposals should be strengthened to encourage the use of renewable resources, such as wood fibre, which play a vital role in helping Europe to reduce carbon and be less dependent on valuable non-renewable resources.”

ACE UK also believes that measures must be taken to strengthen existing recycling solutions.

“We will be looking closely at the proposed review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive”, continues Richard. “But just increasing the recycling targets for key materials won’t be sufficient. We believe that measures must be taken to strengthen existing recycling solutions, and foster innovation in new recyclable materials and techniques to further increase recycling of beverage cartons across Europe.”


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About ACE UK
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK provides a platform for the industry to profile and benchmark cartons as a renewable, recyclable and low-carbon packaging choice, and to drive its environmental initiatives. This includes running the industry’s carton recycling programme.
ACE UK represents Tetra Pak, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, the leading manufacturers of beverage cartons for the UK market. It is also supported by BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso, which produce about 98% of the paperboard used by ACE UK members to manufacture beverage cartons in Europe.

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