Councils Recycling Beverage Cartons Get New Support From ACE UK

05-07-13(2)picThe Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE) UK has launched a benefits package designed to promote, support and reward local authorities engaging with beverage carton recycling in the UK.

ACE UK has launched the package to support and encourage local authorities to increase beverage carton recycling and to recognise those local authorities, which have already made significant improvements.

Ultimately ACE UK aims to increase beverage carton recycling across the UK, at the same time, reducing landfill and lowering CO2 emissions through reduced transport miles and as a result of local authorities using the forthcoming UK recycling facility.

Fay Dashper, ACE UK – “While figures show that great progress is being made in the UK, there is still a long way to go and this benefits package is aimed at incentivising further engagement with beverage carton recycling, both with local authorities and residents”

Each year, approximately 60,000 tonnes of paper-based cartons are used in the UK to package milk, fruit juice and an increasingly wide range of food products, including soup, chopped tomatoes and pulses.

This equates to around 2.3kg of cartons per household, which could be recycled instead of being thrown away as waste.

A resources toolkit, which is available on the new ACE website, includes a number of factsheets, case studies, photographs and videos can be downloaded from the media centre. These materials are designed to be used to educate, inform and engage people in beverage carton recycling.

Local authorities signing-up to use the UK recycling facility will also be eligible to enter the newly-launched ACE UK Golden Carton Awards, which are aimed at recognising those local authorities achieving the biggest improvements in beverage carton recycling.

Fay Dashper, recycling operations manager at ACE UK, said: “By recycling beverage cartons, local authorities can increase the amount of household waste recycled, diverting material away from landfill, avoiding disposal costs and reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions. While figures show that great progress is being made in the UK, there is still a long way to go and this benefits package is aimed at incentivising further engagement with beverage carton recycling, both with local authorities and residents.”

To find out more about beverage carton recycling, visit: www.ace-uk.co.uk

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