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Proportion of councils collecting cartons soars to 40%

Two in five UK councils collect drinks cartons for recycling at the kerbside, research has revealed.

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE) published data showing that 162 local authorities now offered residents the service.

In little over a year, the proportion of councils collecting beverage carton recycling collections has soared from 31% to 40%. This is up from just 4% in 2006.

ACE chief executive Richard Hands said: “We are delighted that our strategy to increase kerbside collection is paying dividends.

“Our aim is to make it easy for all householders to recycle their cartons by helping local authorities move to kerbside collection as soon as possible.”

WRAP head of collections & quality programme Linda Crichton said: “ACE UK continues to demonstrate real commitment to working with local authorities to increase kerbside collection of beverage cartons.

“These efforts are highly commendable and will lead to further increases in the carton recycling rate. We will continue to support the carton industry on its strategy to increase the rate further still.”

Beverage cartons are recycled using a pulping process, where the paperboard and non-fibre layers are separated and turned into new materials.

The wood fibres can be used to produce new high-strength paper products, such as envelopes and carrier bags, while the polymer and foil layers can be recycled or used for energy recovery.

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