The recycling landscape in England is changing

The UK Government is moving ahead with a series of waste and recycling reforms which will significantly change the country’s recycling landscape.

Simpler Recycling

From March 2025 all business in England will be able to recycle liquid carton materials with certainty, with households following in March 2026. Liquid cartons will be collected alongside plastic and other dry-recyclable materials.

Extended producer responsibility

From April 2025, all UK packaging producers will be required to pay the full cost of collection, sorting and recycling of the materials they place on the market. ACE UK is already working with DEFRA to ensure that carton collection infrastructure is fully funded across England.

Fibre-based compsite target

From 2026, the Department for Food, Rural Affairs and Environment (DEFRA) will introduce a binding recycling target for fibre-based composite packaging, which will apply to liquid cartons and other items.

Carton Ready

While two-thirds of English local authorities currently provide kerbside collection for liquid cartons, a third do not. This means that local authorities which have not already set up kerbside liquid carton collections will need to update and align their processes with the waste and recycling reforms.

ACE UK is launching the Carton Ready Campaign to assist those local authorities that do not currently offer kerbside liquid carton collection. Our team will provide advice to local authorities on successfully establishing kerbside collection for liquid cartons.

ACE UK’s Carton Ready Implementation toolkit includes a step-by-step guide on how local authorities can set up and maintain effective kerbside collection services from different starting points – whether they are in the process of reviewing their waste management contracts, extending or renegotiating contracts. The toolkit also contains information on best practice from local authorities that have set up successful kerbside collection for liquid cartons.

Contact Us

If you work for a local authority or waste management company and would like to learn more about how ACE UK can help you develop liquid carton collection and recycling, please contact our team at or telephone 01606 530320.