The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK has appreciated an increase in last year’s beverage carton recycling rate in the EU, which maintained an upward trend since 2005.

Last year, 47% of cartons equivalent to nearly 430,000t were recycled at approximately 20 paper mills in Europe.

The total recovery rate (recycling and energy recovery) in the same period reached 76%.

ACE Brussels director general Annick Carpentier said: “We are delighted to see this substantial increase in the recycling of cartons across Europe in 2016.

“Separate collection is a key element in any type of recycling, and the continued increase in the beverage carton recycling rate across Europe indicates that beverage cartons are increasingly being collected, allowing them to be recycled.”

“We are delighted to see this substantial increase in the recycling of cartons across Europe in 2016.”

ACE started tracking the recycling rate of beverage cartons in Europe from the early 1990s.

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The association stated that EU member states equipped with necessary packaging collection systems are achieving a gradual increase in total recycling volumes.

ACE UK chief executive Richard Hands said: “Our sector is committed to supporting and promoting beverage carton recycling and the continuing upward trend in the EU carton recycling rate in 2016 is good news.”

Last month, the organisation celebrated the completion of ten years of beverage carton recycling in the UK.

In 2007, the bring bank collection system was launched for beverage cartons with the help of nearly 10% of UK local authorities.

Approximately 92% of the local authorities are currently associated with collecting beverage cartons for recycling.