Beverage cartons are made from two or three main materials, depending on whether the carton is for long or short shelf-life products:
All of the materials used in the manufacture of beverage cartons are recyclable at end of life, helping to reduce the use of virgin materials and cut carbon emissions.
The high-quality wood fibres in cartons are long and strong, and can be recycled up to six times, making them a valuable raw material for new paper and board products. At the UK recycling facility, opened in September 2013, the reprocessed fibre is recycled into coreboard which is converted into tubes and cores, such as hot chocolate and gravy granule containers.
The remaining aluminium and plastic layers can be used to make garden furniture, play mats and building materials.
Beverage carton recycling in the UK