Kerbside collection of beverage cartons hits 60%

Recent figures released by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK show that the proportion of UK local authorities collecting beverage cartons for recycling from kerbside has hit 60%.

This milestone represents a 15-fold increase on 2006 levels when just 4% of local authorities collected cartons at kerbside and follows sustained, close co-operation between ACE UK, local authorities and consumer groups. When ACE UK’s own bring-bank system is included, 91% of UK local authorities now collect cartons for recycling.

The Norfolk Waste Partnership, comprising Norfolk County Council and the seven district councils, is the latest organisation to start collecting cartons at kerbside, pushing the percentage of UK Local Authorities collecting cartons at kerbside to 60%.

Adrian Akester, technical adviser to Norfolk Waste Partnership, says, “We are very pleased to play such a positive role in increasing carton recycling in Norfolk. This has been thanks to fantastic work by all eight Norfolk councils in launching a new recycling scheme for our county on 1 October this year.

“It means all households now have the opportunity to recycle far more materials at the kerbside than ever before with the aim of increasing our collective recycling rate by 5% to 10%. Residents can now recycle beverage cartons along with a range of other materials.

“So far the response has been excellent and we will all continue to work hard to divert as much waste as possible from landfill.”

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