How are beverage cartons recycled?

After beverage cartons have been collected, either from the kerbside or via the bring bank system, they are taken to a sorting or bulking facility for onward transportation to the carton recycling facility.

Here, baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant domestic food mixer, filled with water and pulped for around 20 minutes. This delaminates the packaging and breaks it down to produce a slurry. The aluminium foil and polyethylene liners are then separated from the fibre for recycling.

Carton recycling process at ACE UK Recycling facility

Carton recycling process at ACE UK Recycling facility

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Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
  • Local authorities collecting
    366 (94%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 268 (68%)
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