ACE releases roadmap for circular beverage carton packaging

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has released its 10-year roadmap outlining a vision and commitment for sustainable beverage carton packaging.

beverage carton recycling bankThe roadmap outlines a commitment to delivering ‘the most sustainable packaging for resilient food supply systems which is renewable, climate positive and circular’.

ACE has laid out a vision that by 2030, beverage cartons will be made from renewable and/or recycled materials, fully recyclable and recycled, made entirely from sustainably sourced raw materials and will be delivered through a packaging solution with the lowest carbon footprint possible.

Members of ACE, including SIG Combibloc, BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak, have committed to ambitious targets for the recycling and collection of beverage cartons across the EU.

ACE is aiming for  90 per cent of all beverage cartons to be collected for recycling and at least 70 per cent of all beverage cartons to be recycled by 2030.

Last November, ACE announced that the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the EU28 rose to 51 per cent in 2019, an increase for the 14th consecutive year.

According to a recent study by Zero Waste Europe, the recycling rate for beverage cartons in the UK is currently 29.5 per cent.

To help achieve its recycling goals, ACE has called upon the EU to adopt a mandatory beverage carton collection target and to set a requirement for packaging to be low-carbon and recyclable or reusable by 2030.

“The industry has set high and ambitious standards for the next 10 years,” said Annick Carpentier, Director General of ACE.

“We look forward to fostering a dialogue with EU decision makers to ensure that the necessary regulatory conditions are in place to support the industry’s journey towards beverage cartons as the sustainable packaging choice for today and tomorrow.”

ACE considers beverage cartons as recyclable, low-carbon packaging solutions that can contribute to the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, specifically climate neutrality, circularity, biodiversity and resilient food systems.

The Association has also called upon the EU to recognise the contribution of low-carbon materials to climate neutrality and to incentivise low-carbon packaging solutions, such as beverage cartons.

“The industry continues to invest in innovation and technology to increase beverage carton recycling,” said Marcelle Peuckert, President of ACE.

“The industry needs an enabling policy framework that will continue to support our investments and innovation over the next decade.”