Liquid food packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak UK announced it is launching a £300,000 fund, available from April, to help local authorities establish carton recycling schemes. The manufacturer sold 2 billion packs in the UK last year and is hoping to significantly increase the number of cartons recycled in the country.
The move comes after the extensive consultation with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Waste and Resources Action Programme, Local Authorities Recycling Advisory Committee, and other organisations involved in consumer recycling.
Local authorities and community recycling groups will be able to apply for money to finance collection points, provision of kerbside collections, transportation and baling costs.
Tetra Pak will also support public awareness campaigns promoting the new schemes.
The company is currently in discussions with waste management companies, collection contractors and materials recycling facilities.
Tetra Pak UK managing director Peter Knutsson said: “We want to overcome the misconception that cartons cannot be recycled by providing financial help to local authorities who wish to provide carton collection facilities for people in their area.”
He added that the company had “ambitious targets for environmental performance”, aiming to achieve a 10% recycling rate for the cartons, and having a collection system for every council in the UK by 2008.