Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) and Cornwall Council have launched new bring banks at seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in Cornwall for recycling of food and drink cartons and paper cups.
ACE UK said that the Cornwall residents are advised to drop their empty cartons and paper coffee-type cups along with any waste or recycling that can’t be collected by the Council’s kerbside collection service at the bring banks.
The new bring banks, which are available in HWRCs across Cornwall, are being supplied by ACE UK, representing its members Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc.
Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Sue James said: “People have been asking about recycling food and beverage cartons for some time, so I’m pleased ACE UK are working with us to provide this service at seven of our HWRCs.
“We know from surveys that residents want to be able to recycle more. While we can’t include this as part of our current kerbside collections we are asking the bidders for the 2020 kerbside collection contract to consider collecting additional materials, such as these cartons.”
The two-year pilot service is being funded by ACE UK. The collected cartons and paper cups at the recycling banks will be taken to ACE UK’s specialist facility near Halifax.
ACE UK senior recycling manager Mandy Kelly said: “From our conversations with the Council we know residents are keen to recycle cartons, so we are extremely pleased to install bring banks at these seven sites – and of course all cartons and cups collected will be recycled here in the UK.”
The firm said that the residents needs to wash and squash cartons and replace the caps prior to placing them in the bring banks.
The bring banks are installed at Connon Bridge, East Taphouse; Falmouth, Cuvet Farm, near Mabe Burnthouse; Helston, Gays Hil; Launceston, Pennygillam Industrial Estate; St Austell, Meaner Road; St Erth, Treloweth Lane; and United Mines, United Downs, St Day, Redruth.
The Household Waste Recycling Centres are capable of recycling a variety of items for free including household appliances, mattresses, gas bottles and wood.