Cartons are made mainly from a natural renewable material, reducing the demand on the Earth’s non-renewable resources. Cartons are made mainly from a natural renewable material, reducing the demand on the Earth’s non-renewable resources.
Cartons are lightweight and space-efficient, thereby lowering transport impacts. Cartons are lightweight and space-efficient, thereby lowering transport impacts.
Cartons are low-carbon packages helping to reduce climate impacts. Cartons are low-carbon packages helping to reduce climate impacts.
Cartons are recyclable, reducing packaging waste and saving valuable resources. Cartons are recyclable, reducing packaging waste and saving valuable resources.
Cartons are collected in 92% of UK local authority areas making them easy to recycle. Cartons are collected in 92% of UK local authority areas making them easy to recycle.

Cartons have a strong environmental story to tell.

They are made mainly from wood fibre, a natural renewable resource, and are a low carbon packaging choice which can easily be recycled.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) represents leading beverage carton manufacturers, Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, in profiling the environmental credentials of cartons. Please explore our website to find out more about recycling cartons and the work of ACE UK.

Beverage carton industry celebrates ten years of recycling progress

Beverage carton industry celebrates ten years of recycling progress In 2007 a bring bank collection system was launched for beverage cartons as the first stage of a strategy to increase recycling in the UK. Since then ACE UK has worked closely with local authorities and waste management companies to boost beverage carton recycling Today 92% of local authorities collect beverage cartons for recycling – 67% from the kerbside and 25% via bring banks. Read more >

Kerbside collection of beverage cartons hits 66% coverage in UK

Kerbside collection of beverage cartons hits 66% coverage in UK ACE UK has released figures showing that the proportion of UK local authorities collecting beverage cartons for recycling from kerbside has now hit 66%.This milestone represents a more than 16-fold increase on 2006 levels and when ACE UK’s own bring-bank system is included, 92% of UK local authorities now collect cartons for recycling. Read more >

Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
    local
    authorities
    391
  • Local authorities collecting
    cartons
    361 (92%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 263 (67%)
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