UK – Following the deal with global packaging provider Sonoco Alcore to launch the only beverage carton reprocessing plant in the UK, the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment UK (ACE UK) confirms that Bryson Recycling of Northern Ireland has signed up as the venture’s first customer.
The latter will send its bales of used beverage cartons to the 25 000-tonnes-per-annum reprocessing plant in West Yorkshire which is expected to become operational early next year.
‘The ability to reprocess beverage cartons in the UK is great news for us and our local authority partners,’ comments Bryson Recycling Director Eric Randall. ‘At the heart of everything we do is the triple bottom line approach: social responsibility; environmental sustainability; and economic viability. Our agreement with ACE UK and Sonoco Alcore puts a big tick in all these boxes, so we’re delighted to be leading the pack as the first to sign up.’
Citing many discussions with local authorities, ACE UK has high hopes that providing a UK-based reprocessing solution will make the switch to kerbside collection more appealing, thus yielding improved recycling rates. ‘Nevertheless, even we are surprised at the level of interest received from MRF (material recycling facility) operators in the plant and the UK-based market it creates for used beverage cartons,’ remarks Fay Dashper, Recycling Operations Manager at ACE UK.
She adds: ‘We’re confident that by the end of Year 1 (December 2013), a further ten local authorities will have started collecting cartons in their kerbside service, sending them to the new plant for recycling.’
For more information, visit: www.ace-uk.co.uk/recycling
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