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The Life of a Beverage Carton

A common sight on the breakfast table, the UK consumes approximately 60,000 tonnes of cartons each year...but what happens to them once used? Watch what happens to used beverage cartons and how they are recycled at the UK's only beverage carton recycling facility.

The UK's only beverage carton recycling facility being built

See the UK's only beverage carton recycling facility take shape in this time-lapse video of the build. .

ACE UK The Future of Beverage Carton Recycling in the UK (animation)

Beverage carton recycling in the UK is growing rapidly and cartons are now collected for recycling in 91% of local authority areas, compared to just 20% in 2006. More recently, ACE UK opened the UK's only beverage carton recycling facility in Stainland, Halifax, West Yorkshire, which will bring various financial and environmental benefits to local authorities.

ACE UK Beverage Cartons & Responsibly-Managed Forestry

ACE UK member companies - Elopak, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak - are committed to sourcing their main raw material, wood fibre, from responsibly-managed forests. This ensures the forests remain a renewable resource for generations to come.

Recycle Now quarterly materials platform carton animations

​​Links to Recycle Now's carton recycling animations featured as part of the Paper, Card and Carton quarterly materials platform December 2016 are shown below:


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Beverage carton recycling in the UK

  • Total no. of
  • Local authorities collecting
    366 (94%)
  • Local authorities collecting cartons from kerbside 268 (69%)
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