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Bring Bank collection scheme to add paper container recycling

The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) and Sonoco Europe have signed a two-year agreement that will allow for the recycling of paper containers with metal ends through ACE UK’s Bring Bank collection scheme.

Pringles cans will be recyclable at ACE UKs Bring Bank collection points
Pringles cans will be recyclable at ACE UKs Bring Bank collection points
ACE UK has 334 Bring Bank recycling points located across 100 local authorities, where consumers will now be able to recycle their paper containers alongside food and drink cartons.

This agreement will allow for the recycling of Pringles tubes, which Helen Potter, sustainability commercial lead for Kelloggs, has said will help Kellogg’s achieve its goal of making all packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by the end of 2025.

"We know that people want to recycle their Pringles tubes. Including a solution for Pringles in the Bring Banks scheme will allow our consumers to return them to be recycled into something new and is an important interim solution as we work towards the development of our new tube.” she added.

All material collected from the Bring Banks is sent to ACE UK’s Stainland recycling facility in West Yorkshire, which is run by Sonoco Alcore.

Fibre from the recycled cartons is fed directly into Sonoco Alcore's paper mill on the same site, to be turned into industrial coreboard.

Commenting on the agreement, Richard Hands, CEO of ACE UK said: "ACE UK has been successfully running the industry's recycling programme for the last 15 years, driving significant increases in carton recycling as part of its role as the UK's food and drink carton industry trade body.

“We have worked closely with local authorities and waste management companies so that today 93 per cent of local authorities collect food and drink cartons for recycling through either Bring Banks or kerbside collection.

“Whilst our primary focus remains on increasing carton recycling, our Bring Bank network and the expertise and experience we have developed will deliver an immediate solution for Sonoco Europe's paper containers with metal ends, helping to create a step change in recycling for these products."