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 further processing.

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
    354 (93%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 250 (66%)
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