Local residents can now recycle their beverage cartons such as Tetra Paks at 14 points across Merseyside.
All of the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) have installed new containers on site that will accept all beverage cartons, Tetra Paks and milk and fruit juice packets.
The move has been initiated by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and their contractor Veolia Environmental Services.
This new service is available to use immediately at all sites, with beverage cartons going on to be stripped down to their constituent parts and then processed into new items.
Chairperson of MRWA, Councillor Joe DeAsha, said: “The carton recycling industry in this country is still in its infancy, however together with Veolia we’ve come up with a solution that will mean tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill.”
Cartons are generally made from 75% paperboard, a thin layer of plastic and a thin layer of aluminium. Most beverage cartons collected currently get sent to Italy, Spain or Sweden for reprocessing* due to a lack of facilities in the UK at the present time. Merseyside cartons will be sent to a reprocessing mill in Italy in the meantime.
Cartons such as Tetra Paks can be recycled into a number of products such as envelopes, office stationary and carrier bags*. The UK as a whole uses 57,000 tonnes of cartons every year.
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “The system we are using is the best we have available at present because the cartons are collected nationwide which means the carbon benefits are still greater than using landfill – it’s better to send them for reprocessing, even if that is abroad.”
Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside & Halton, said: “Carton recycling is not widely available in the UK at this present time; I am therefore pleased to introduce the scheme on Merseyside. It is now essential that we raise awareness of this type of recycling amongst residents”.
MRWA and Veolia will be introducing other new items for recycling at all Merseyside sites over the remainder of the year, details of which will be released as and when they become available.
Notes to editor:
*Information courtesy of ACE UK (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) which represents leading beverage carton manufacturers.
Attached image shows (left to right) Carl Beer, Alex Paterson, Councillor Joe DeAsha
From April 1st until September 30th 2012 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are open from 8.00am until 8.00pm. The Centres can be found at:
Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 6JE
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8DL
Huyton – Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton Industrial Estate – L36 6BJ
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 7UZ
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR
Rainford – Southerns Lane – WA11 8EY
Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR
NB. Rainhill: Open 9.00am–6.00pm on Saturdays; 9.00am–3.00pm on Sundays
Rainford: Open 9.00am–6.00pm on Saturda