Bertil Heerink, Director General of the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) has called for further efforts to ban packaging waste from entering landfill.
According to ACE 420,000 tonnes of beverage cartons were recycled in paper mills in 2014, “This represents a recycling rate of 43% in Europe (EU-28, Norway and Switzerland) and is evidence of the continuing upward trend in recycling performance over the last two decades,” said Heerink
However, he goes on to say that; “To grow recycling, EU waste legislation needs to ensure effective collection and recycling of end of life products and recyclable packaging such as beverage cartons through extended producer responsibility. Further efforts are needed on banning packaging waste from landfilling to ensure valuable raw materials are not ending up in landfills or being unnecessarily incinerated,”
The total recovery rate (recycling and energy recovery) in 2014 is reported to have reached 76%.
“Beverage carton recycling continued its long term growth trend also in 2014,” added Heerink.
Several countries including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain are reported to recycle 70% or more of all beverage cartons. ACE said it has also seen a steady increase in recycling in new EU Member States along with a “substantial advance in the UK”.
“The beverage carton industry is continuously working to increase recycling levels of our products in Europe,” continued Heerink. “We are firmly committed to contribute to the objectives of the European Commission Circular Economy Package.