Carton makers launch bid to boost kerbside collection

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Drinks-container makers have published help for councils to collect their packaging from the kerbside.

Trade body the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) launched its Carton Ready campaign in light of the government’s Simpler Recycling reforms.

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Announced by ministers last year, this “common sense” approach to waste management includes proposals to allow collections of all dry recyclables from one bin.

The ACE said the reforms meant that in little over two years’ time, English households would be able to put cartons out for recovery “with confidence”.

But the body said its analysis showed only two-thirds of local authorities in the country currently collected liquid cartons.

The campaign offers resources and advice including an implementation toolkit providing step-by-step guidance for local authorities to set up and maintain effective kerbside collection services from different starting points.

Mandy Kelly, senior recycling manager at ACE UK, said: “We want the government’s Simpler Recycling reforms to be a success, and we know that some local authorities will need help to update their existing processes to comply with the new requirements.

“The ACE UK team is ready to support local authorities to adapt to these changes, working with their local waste management contractors to rapidly develop their carton collection, sorting and recycling infrastructure.

“That’s why we’ve launched our new Carton Ready campaign to help local authorities and waste managers successfully implement the reforms ahead of the implementation date.”