In September 2013, ACE UK officially opened the UK’s only beverage carton recycling facility in Stainland, near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
The result of an innovative partnership with paper and packaging producer, Sonoco Alcore, the plant is capable of recycling up to 40% (25,000 tonnes) of the cartons manufactured for the UK market each year.
Sonoco Alcore will take advantage of the strength and quality of the virgin wood fibres found in cartons by turning them into industrial-strength coreboard at its paper mill located on the same site. This is then made into tubes and cores, which are used to wrap paper, man-made fibre yarns, and metal and plastic film around for industrial applications.
All used beverage cartons sorted by ACE UK are recycled here and we encourage all organisations that run kerbside collections to utilise this UK facility, as it has various financial and environmental benefits.
The three benefits are:
A clearly-defined domestic end destination for used beverage cartons.
A stable price per tonne for cartons delivered – a better, more sustainable option compared to the price fluctuations on the global commodities market.
A reduction in road and rail miles travelled by used beverage cartons for them to be recycled. Previously cartons collected through ACE UK bring banks were recycled at mills in Sweden. Recycling cartons at the new UK facility instead will lead to an estimated annual reduction of 122 tonnes of transport-related CO2.
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