Beverage carton recycling progress continues
Recent figures released by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK, show that the country has something to be proud of when it comes to recycling this type of packaging.
It has been reported that 203 local authorities, out of 406 nationally, now offer the opportunity for households to recycle beverage cartons as part of their kerbside collection schemes. Representing a 12-fold increase on the equivalent 2006 figures, it is great to see 50% of councils now taking action. When considering ACE UK’s bring-bank system as well, the proportion of councils supporting the recycling of beverage cartons is 89%, which is very impressive indeed.
And the progress does not stop there. September will see the opening of the UK’s first beverage carton recycling plant, here in our own county of Yorkshire. This specialist Halifax facility will be able to process 25,000 tonnes of cartons per year. Considering all of the materials used in the manufacturing of beverage cartons are fully recyclable, this processing site will tick a lot of boxes as the UK strives to become ever-more resource efficient.
The picture being painted in this area of packaging is one of fantastic progress. The UK’s collection and recycling of cartons has been considered a low priority given the lightweight nature of the materials and the relatively low contribution that beverage cartons make to recycling targets as a result.
Yet ACE UK and its members have continued to work hard to provide consumers with the means to recycle this packaging. The most recent collaboration with paperboard mill owner Sonoco Alcore will reduce the need to export these products abroad for processing and should further improve the use of raw materials in new paper-based products.
Well done ACE UK. It just goes to show the results that can be achieved through commitment, strategy and partnerships.