ACE UK announces joint ownership of OPRL

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK is set to become a joint owner of OPRL, which runs the UK’s on-pack recycling label scheme.

Representative of beverage carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, ACE UK joins current owner the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which is the trade association for the retail sector.

This formalises the close relationship between ACE UK and OPRL and helps create a strong leadership position for the beverage carton industry to promote greater and more effective recycling.

Richard Hands, chief executive of ACE UK, says, “We believe that simple, easy to understand on-pack recycling information is vital in helping consumers to recycle more. To this end we have worked closely with OPRL for several years.

“Clear information and leadership is required to achieve our common aims of greater and more effective recycling, and by joining together we believe we can better realise these aims.”

Jane Bevis, chair of OPRL, adds, “This is a significant step in OPRL’s development as we build closer ties with other industry bodies working to increase recycling. It is essential that there is clear and coherent leadership, not only to meet the UK’s recycling targets, but also to establish the material base of the circular economy and growth of green jobs here in the UK.”

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