UK lags behind on carton recycling

Recycling of beverage cartons in western Europe rose by four percentage points to 21% in 1997, according to the industry's trade body, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons in Europe (ACE). However, the recovery rate fell from 41% to 37% - and the UK experiment with carton recycling appears to have ground to a halt.

As an example of "one-way" packaging, beverage cartons have come under fire from environmental groups for many years. However, a recent study for the European Commission on the use of life-cycle assessment in packaging waste policy found that they have one of the lowest environmental impacts of all types of drinks packaging - though for large containers it assumed a recycling rate of 70% (ENDS Report 276, pp 23-26

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