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Rosie Cooper MP launches new paper cup recycling scheme

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE UK) launched a new recycling service for PE-lined paper cups in Burscough last week.

Since January 2018, West Lancashire residents have been able to recycle their used cups alongside food and drink cartons at specialist bring banks located at Burscough Household Waste Recycling Centre, Abbey Lane.

The bring banks accept PE-lined paper cups which are used for hot drinks such as tea and coffee in high street coffee shops, fast food outlets and supermarkets, including Costa, Starbucks and McDonalds.

The new service is the result of an agreement between ACE UK, which operates the dedicated food and drink carton recycling service available in Burscough, and high street retailers and cup manufacturers.

The agreement was set up to give many more people access to recycling for paper cups through the carton bring bank service. Cups are made from similar materials to food and drink cartons and will be recycled using the same process, at ACE UK’s recycling facility in Halifax.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:
“Previously coffee cups could not be recycled through council waste collections but with their growing use it was imperative to take the opportunity to include them.

“West Lancashire residents have always responded well to different recycling schemes implemented, and I hope that they will take full advantage of this new service.”


Joining MP Rosie on site for the launch were Huhtamaki’s Head of Corporate Responsibility Wouter van Tol and Cllr Ian McKay, who works at the centre.

Mr van Tol commented:
“Contrary to perception, coffee cups can be recycled and are a hygienic and sustainable solution for on the go consumption, and so we thank Rosie Cooper MP for the help and assistance as we look to promote the growth of recycling services for paper cups.”

Huhtamaki are one of the members of the Paper Cup Alliance and funders of the recycling scheme.

For more information on recycling, call 0300 123 6781 or visit

Carton and paper cup recycling is available at the following location:
Burscough HWRC, Abbey Lane, Burscough, L40 7SR

About ACE UK
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK provides a platform for the industry to profile and benchmark cartons as a renewable, recyclable and low-carbon packaging choice, and to drive its environmental initiatives. This includes running the industry’s carton recycling programme.

ACE UK represents Elopak, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak, the leading manufacturers of beverage cartons for the UK market. It is also supported by BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso, which produce about 98% of the paperboard used by ACE UK members to manufacture beverage cartons in Europe.

In September 2017, 14 organisations from across the paper cup supply chain signed an agreement with ACE UK to open up its carton recycling service to paper cups so that more cups could be recycled.

The organisations signed up to the agreement are: Benders Paper Cups, Bunzl Catering Supplies, Caffe Nero, Costa Coffee, Dart Products Europe, Greggs, Huhtamaki, International Paper, McDonald’s UK, Nestlé, Pret A Manger, Seda Group, Starbucks, and Stora Enso.

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