UNITED KINGDOM (News release) -- The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) and Sonoco Europe have signed an agreement which provides a UK-wide recycling solution for paper containers with metal ends, through ACE UK's Bring Bank collection scheme.
Consumers will now be able to recycle their paper containers, including Pringles tubes, alongside food and drink cartons at 334 recycling points throughout the UK. With 26% coverage located in 100 local authorities across the UK, the Bring Bank scheme offers consumers a simple and effective way to recycle used paper container products. Bring Banks are the large bins at recycling points found in locations such as supermarkets and retail centre car parks, household recycling centres and other public locations.
Material collected from the Bring Banks is sent to ACE UK's Stainland recycling facility in West Yorkshire, which is run by Sonoco Alcore. Fibre from the recycled cartons is fed directly into Sonoco Alcore's paper mill on the same site, to be turned into industrial coreboard.
Peter Görlitz, sustainability manager at Sonoco Consumer Products Europe says: "This two-year agreement with the food and drink carton experts from ACE UK, reflects our global initiative to commit to a continuous improvement on sustainability. We are constantly striving to enhance our capabilities in paper-based packaging with the required functional barrier properties to help extend the shelf life, whilst providing our customers in Europe with a recycling solution they can have full confidence in."