You can now recycle your paper-based drinks and liquid food cartons, such as those made by Tetra Pak, at various points within South Ayrshire. Carton collection banks can be found at the following Community Recycling Centres:

  • Ayr, Old Farm Road, Heathfield
  • Girvan, Bridge Street
  • Maybole, Seaton Street
  • Troon, Port Ranald Drive

Each year, UK beverage carton manufacturers produce 55,000 tonnes of paper-based cartons for milk, juice, sauces and other liquid food/drinks. This equates to around 2.3kg of cartons per household which could be recycled instead of thrown in the rubbish bin.

In response, South Ayrshire Council is working with Tetra Pak and the carton industry body ACE UK (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) to establish carton collection points at key recycling points for residents to take their empty cartons to be recycled.

Once collected, the cartons will be taken away to be baled, and then transported to a recycling mill. They can be recycled into a number of different products, ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength paper bags and envelopes.

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