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Third of UK local authorities now collect beverage cartons

A third of local authorities in the UK collect beverage cartons for recycling from the kerbside, according to the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE UK).

Figures show that out of 406 councils, 135 collect cartons, equating to a 33% uptake across councils. In London, the figure rises to 61% following the introduction of carton collection at the kerbside by Waltham Forest Council and West Oxfordshire District Council.

ACE UK chief executive Richard Hands said: “Overall, 88% of households in the UK now have access to carton recycling – either through kerbside collection or the industry’s own bring-bank system – but we are keen to push further still. In particular, we are committed to making recycling easier for the consumer, and we urge local authorities to continue to work with us to increase kerbside coverage. We are delighted that Waltham Forest and West Oxfordshire have helped us to reach this new milestone.”

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