Clean and empty drink cartons can be recycled by putting them in your blue lidded recycling bin.

Yes Please

  • Fruit juice cartons
  • Long life milk cartons
  • Soup cartons
  • Smoothie cartons
  • Other cardboard cartons

No Thank you

  • Crisp packets
  • Cat food pouches
  • Soup pouches

What are cartons?

Cartons, commonly known as Tetra Paks, are made from paperboard and have a plastic coating, and often a foil lining. Cartons are being found more frequently on supermarket shelves and contain a variety of products such as fruit juices, smoothies and chopped tomatoes. The paperboard in cartons keep out harmful light which means that the quality of the product can be maintained and its shelf life may be longer than if the product was in a plastic container that allowed light through it.

How are cartons recycled? And what are they recycled into?

Cartons are sorted and baled up with the mixed paper and card, and will be taken to a paper mill for reprocessing into new paper and card products, such as packaging and plasterboard liner.

Should I remove the plastic lid from my carton before putting it in my recycling bin?

Yes. Please remove the plastic lid and place in your rubbish bin. We cannot recycle the plastic lids. The plastic spouts on cartons are hard to remove and so these can be left on the carton.

Please ensure that you only put clean, dry and empty cartons in your recycling bin at home.

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