43 per cent: EU beverage carton recycling rate continues to grow

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Source: The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE)

Northwich, UK – The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has welcomed the latest figures on carton recycling in the EU, showing that 43 per cent of beverage cartons were recycled in 2014, equivalent to approximately 420,000 tonnes of cartons.

This uplift has been aided by a strong performance in UK carton recycling. Across the EU as a whole the continuing upward trend is complemented by a 5 per cent rise in the total recovery rate (comprising recycling and energy recovery) to 76 per cent, up from 71 per cent in 2013.

Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK, which represents carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, said: “The continuing upward trend in the EU carton recycling rate in 2014 is good news, helped by a strong performance in the UK. “The number of UK local authorities collecting cartons at kerbside for recycling has risen to 63 per cent in 2015 from just 31 per cent as recently as 2011”, Hands added. “And when carton recycling bring banks are included 92 per cent of local authorities now collect cartons for recycling.”

In 2013 the UK’s first dedicated recycling facility for beverage cartons opened in Stainland, West Yorkshire. The facility, a partnership between ACE UK and global paper and packaging manufacturer Sonoco Alcore, is transforming beverage carton recycling in the UK.

Source: The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE)