UK kerbside collection of beverage cartons hits 60 per cent

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Collection of beverage cartons (Source: ACE UK)

Northwich, UK — Figures released by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE ) UK show that the proportion of UK local authorities collecting beverage cartons for recycling from kerbside has hit 60 per cent. ​This milestone represents a 15-fold increase on 2006 levels when just 4 per cent of local authorities collected cartons at kerbside and follows sustained, close co-operation between ACE UK, local authorities and consumer groups. When ACE UK’s own bring-bank system is included, 91 per cent of UK local authorities now collect cartons for recycling.

The Norfolk Waste Partnership, comprising Norfolk County Council and the seven district councils, is the latest organisation to start collecting cartons at kerbside, pushing the percentage of UK Local Authorities collecting cartons at kerbside to 60 per cent.

Adrian Akester, technical adviser to Norfolk Waste Partnership said: “We are very pleased to play such a positive role in increasing carton recycling in Norfolk. This has been thanks to fantastic work by all eight Norfolk councils in launching a new recycling scheme for our county on 1 October this year.“ And he added: “It means all households now have the opportunity to recycle far more materials at the kerbside than ever before with the aim of increasing our collective recycling rate by five to 10 per cent. Residents can now recycle beverage cartons along with a range of other materials.“

The news comes just over a year on from the opening of the UK’s only beverage carton recycling facility at Stainland, West Yorkshire, a partnership between ACE UK and its partner Sonoco Alcore. Capable of recycling 25,000 tonnes of cartons sorted from household and commercial waste streams, the facility now receives cartons from 38 per cent of local authorities, through kerbside and bring bank schemes.

“It is great news that the Norfolk Waste Partnership is now collecting beverage cartons at kerbside, taking us to the 60 per cent milestone. Our members – Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc – are extremely pleased that their strategy to increase kerbside collection and make it easier for residents to recycle cartons is paying dividends”, said Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK, adding: “We have also just launched our re:cartons campaign to further increase carton recycling across the UK. Through the creation of a clear, easy to understand identity that everyone can immediately associate with beverage carton recycling, it will act as a platform to promote even greater carton recycling across the country.”

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