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 low-carbon packages helping to reduce climate impacts.
Cartons are recyclable, reducing packaging waste and saving valuable resources.
Cartons are collected in 94% 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.
EU beverage carton recycling rate hits 51%
The UK beverage carton industry has welcomed the latest figures on beverage carton recycling in the EU, which exceeded 50% for the first time. The recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28* rose to 51% in 2019, a rise of 2% on 2018 figures and a continued year-on-year increase.
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Independent study ranks beverage cartons as most environmentally-friendly in their category
Independent research conducted by the University of Southampton has concluded that beverage cartons have the lowest impact on the environment in their main categories (milk and fruit juice), by a significant margin.
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Beverage carton recycling in the UK
- Total no. of
- Local authorities collecting
cartons 354 (93%)
- Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 255 (67%)
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