The recycling of beverage cartons is set to resume in Britain, following a deal being struck between manufacturers of cartons and a West Yorkshire producer of cardboard packaging.
ACE UK, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, have just announced that they have signed a new 10 year agreement with Sonoco Alcore. This will see beverage cartons being reprocessed at the paper mill in Halifax that is owned by the company.
Since the Smith Anderson paper mill that was located in Fife, Scotland back in 2006, there hasn’t been a reprocessing facility in the UK. The way around this has been to export the cartons to European countries such as Italy and Sweden. Reprocessing of the cartons will begin in 2013, and the facility will have the capability of recycling around 25,000 tonnes of cartons every year that have come from both household and commercial sources.
ACE UK, who represent the carton manufacturers SIG Combibloc, Elopak and Tetra Pak, currently own a network of banks, where recyclable items can be taken to, at an array of local authority sites right across the country. Materials collected from these banks are to be collected by ACE UK and will then be sent to Sonoco Alcore to be reprocessed.
ACE UK have said, however, that they only see these banks as an interim measure and with the development of this new facility they hope that more councils will start to collect beverage cartons from the streets now that there is a UK market in existence which will process them. Additional material is to come from those local authorities that have already begun to collect drinks cartons from the kerbsides.
Once the materials have been reprocessed in Halifax they will be used to produce paperboard for use in both the consumer and industrial sectors for the likes of tubes for cling film and the cores that support rolls of textile.