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Golden Carton Awards 2015 now open for entries

09/09/2015 Golden Carton Awards 2015 now open for entries

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK today announced that entries are now open for the Golden Carton Awards 2015.

​The awards recognise and reward local authorities achieving the greatest improvements in beverage carton recycling, celebrating environmental leadership and recycling best-practice. They are open to all local authorities signed-up to send beverage cartons to ACE UK’s dedicated UK carton recycling facility. 

The awards have two categories: ‘Greatest Percentage Increase in Beverage Carton Recycling’ and ‘Best Communications Campaign’, with the respective winners in these categories in 2014 being East Cambridgeshire District Council and Down District Council.

Fay Dashper, Senior Recycling Manager at ACE UK said: “For last year’s awards we were delighted to receive such a high standard of entries, which demonstrated the excellent work that local authorities are doing to promote recycling.

“ACE UK is committed to increasing carton recycling in the UK and following the opening of our dedicated UK beverage carton recycling plant in 2013, we hope to encourage many more councils to add cartons to their kerbside collection services.”

Beverage carton recycling has come a long way in the last eight years. The positive working relationship between ACE UK, local authorities and waste management companies has helped create a 15-fold increase in the percentage of local authorities collecting cartons at kerbside – from 4% of local authorities in 2006 to 62% in 2015. When ACE UK’s own bring-bank system is included, 92% of local authorities now collect cartons for recycling.

More information on the categories and criteria can be found on the website To enter, simply download the entry form for the relevant category and email it, with supporting documentation, to with ‘Golden Carton Awards’ in the subject line. All recycling data supplied as part of the award entries will be treated as confidential. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2016.


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  • Total no. of
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