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Now you can recycle beverages cartons

Beverage cartons can now be recycled at five sites across the Stroud District - further adding to the range of items which can be recycled locally.

Recycling bosses countywide are launching the new banks in conjunction with Tetra Pak Ltd and the carton industry body ACE UK (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) to enable residents to recycle even more of their household rubbish.

Each year, UK manufacturers produce approximately 55,000 tonnes of paper-based cartons for milk, juice, sauces and other liquid foods/drinks which could be recycled instead of being thrown in the rubbish bin.

In response, Stroud District Council and Gloucestershire County Council are working with the carton industry to set up collection points for residents to take their empty cartons to be recycled.

Even though cartons cannot be placed into household recycling boxes, the new project means that used cartons can now be taken to special collection banks at existing recycling sites:

Cam - Tesco Car Park

Nailsworth - Old Market

Stonehouse - High Street Car Park

Stroud - London Road Car Park

Stroud - Tesco Car Park

They will then be recycled into products ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength paper bags. Carton recycling should also soon be introduced at Pyke Quarry, Horsley.

Councillor Elisabeth Bird, Stroud District Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "We're delighted that Tetra Pak and the carton industry is supporting us to help recycle cartons in the Stroud District. If successful, we'd like to see the project rolled out further to help increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill."

Richard Hands, Environment Manager at Tetra Pak Ltd and Chairman of ACE UK, added: "Whilst cartons have been successfully recycled in large volumes for many years throughout Europe, the UK has a long way to go. It's therefore fantastic news that Stroud is taking a lead by adding cartons to the list of materials collected for recycling and we very much hope that the initiative is successful.

"We and our industry partners are committed to increasing the level of carton recycling in the UK with the aim of reaching a national network of carton collection by the end of 2008. Our work with Stroud takes us and households in the area one step closer to achieving that."

Since April last year, the UK carton industry has made 1.5million available to help local authorities interested in starting up carton collection schemes in their area. There are already approximately 100 local authorities collecting cartons, which will result in a national network of coverage during the next 18 months.

Posted : 06/08/2007 06:36:39

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