According to ACE UK, industry-wide figures show that beverage carton recycling is increasing in the EU and reached 48% in 2017, with the total recovery rate reaching 76% last year.
ACE director general Annick Carpentier said that ACE is working with national beverage carton associations to support recycling performance across Europe.
Members of ACE, – BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have decided to launch a new platform to coordinate the industry’s engagement in recycling across Europe.
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The new pan-European platform will coordinate and drive EU-wide country-specific solutions to improve beverage carton collection and recycling, as well as seek to establish partnerships with businesses in the industry who share similar needs to scale up recycling solutions.
The director added: “We are pleased to see that recycling of our cartons is growing each year and we are convinced that this trend will continue with the implementation of EU waste legislation and new industry initiatives. From a life cycle perspective, recycling of beverage cartons helps reduce carbon footprint. The beverage carton industry encourages Member States to ambitiously implement EU waste legislation to provide enhanced systems for waste collection and sorting, knowing that efficient separate collection drives the recycling of beverage cartons.