Beverage carton recycling rate rises in EU

THE Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has announced that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 49% in 2018.

This represents a 1% increase on the previous 12 months.

“We are pleased to see that the beverage carton recycling rate continues to increase throughout the EU. The year-on-year increase underscores the efforts made towards recycling beverage cartons,” said Annick Carpentier, director general of ACE.

ACE added that some Member States reach rates above 70%, while there is still ‘room for increased recycling participation’ in others.

“This is not enough if the EU wants to reach a low carbon circular economy,” Ms Carpentier added. “We call for the ambitious implementation of EU waste legislation at national level to ensure all beverage cartons are collected and recycled. We believe that the recycling rate will continue to increase thanks to our industry’s commitment to support beverage cartons being recycled, including the non-fibre components.”

ACE has launched a campaign called “We’re not just square, we’re circular,” to raise awareness and build understanding that beverage cartons are recyclable and being recycled at scale in Europe.

“Beverage cartons provide a double circularity, at sourcing thanks to the renewability of their main components and at end-of-life through recycling. This double circularity helps ensure that beverage cartons play a role in helping achieve a low carbon circular economy,” Ms Carpentier said.