An agreement has recently been signed by the company Sonoco Alcore and The Alliance for Beverage Cartoons & The Environment. The company is responsible for creating packages and paper and the agreement is going to see the company created first carton reprocessing factory in the UK, which is going to be built in West Yorkshire, close to Halifax.
It is estimated that the plant is going to finish construction next year and is going to allow around 25,000 tonnes of cartons to be recycled in a single year. The cartons are going to be collected from both commercial and residential sources and these streams are going to be provided by local authorities. Waste management contractors are also going to be brought in in order to increase the amount of packages gathered for recycling.
The coverage for collecting beverage cartons in the UK is already very high. It is estimated that around 90 percent of households in the country have the ability to send off their beverage cartons for recycling.
These are generally either through bring back systems operated by the industry, or by curbside collection being operated by local councils. The number of households that are able to recycle beverage cartons has increased dramatically in the last six years. Back in 2006 it was estimated that only 20 percent of households had the ability to recycle beverage cartons.
It is expected with this increased recycling capacity provided through the above-mentioned agreements, curbside collection is going to increase even more making it easier for people to recycle beverage cartons. This is going to have a dramatic benefit to the environment in many ways as these beverage cartons are going to be directed away from landfill into recycling.
The beverage cartons that are collected for recycling are not disposed of in landfill for the most part. However, they still do cause some damage to the environment because they are generally shipped to recycling sites located in Europe, and then shipped elsewhere. This sort of transport has a significant carbon footprint and the installation of a facility in the UK is going to significantly reduce the amount of carbon emitted by unnecessary truck journeys.
The chief executive of ACE is Richard Hands and he is commented, “We are very pleased to sign this agreement and we think it says a great deal about our commitment to responsibility with regard to recycling beverage cartons.”