EU beverage carton recycling rate hits 51%

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The recycling rate for beverage cartons in the 28 European Union countries rose to 51% in 2019. Pic: Getty Images/Bruno Giuliani
The recycling rate for beverage cartons in the 28 European Union countries rose to 51% in 2019. Pic: Getty Images/Bruno Giuliani

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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 28 European Union countries rose to 51% in 2019, a rise of 2% on 2018 figures and a continued year-on-year increase.

“We are pleased that the steady annual increase of the recycling rate for beverage cartons in 2019 surpassed 50%,” ​said Annick Carpentier, director general of the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) in Brussels.

“This is proof of our industry’s efforts and enhances the message that beverage cartons are recyclable and are being recycled at scale in Europe.”

Richard Hands, chief executive of ACE UK, which represents carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc in the UK, said, “Our sector is committed to supporting and promoting beverage carton recycling and the continuing upward trend in the EU carton recycling rate in 2019 is great news.

“Our focus in the UK continues to be on building access to recycling facilities for all. In Europe consistent kerbside collections which include beverage cartons have been shown to increase recycling rates, and we welcome moves by the UK Government to create more consistency for collections in the UK. This must now include beverage cartons.”

He added, “Currently 68% of local authorities collect beverage cartons at kerbside and when recycling bring banks are included, 94% of local authorities now collect cartons for recycling, ensuring that the vast majority of households in the UK have access to a carton collection system.”

Related topics: Processing & Packaging, Sustainability

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Lets take it to 100% with our new technology in Denmark

Posted by Michael Kristensen,

This is surely great news, however the possiblity to take it further has now come availible as we in Denmark have developed a 100% recycling and green technology to seperate beverage cartons into clean fractions. Feel free to see more at www.drts.dk and contact me for any inquiries and/or questions you migth have. Ps. our fully automatic processing testing line will soon be ready. Best regards Michael

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