Slow progress on carton recycling

Collections of used milk and soft drink cartons in the UK are set to expand slowly from a very low base. But UK manufacturers have yet to find markets for the recovered material, unlike their German counterparts.

The carton industry has been the slowest of all the drinks packaging sectors to engage in recycling. To date, the Alliance for Beverage Containers and the Environment (ABCE) has largely contented itself with extolling the virtues of the carton's light weight and efficient utilisation of resources, and the scope for recovering its energy content by incineration. But with the forthcoming EC proposal on packaging likely to set a 60% recycling tar

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