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Pringles tubes and other paper containers with metal ends are now accepted at Stourbridge tip

Dudley Council in partnership with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons & the Environment (ACE UK), has launched a new recycling service for paper containers with metal ends, such as Pringles tubes, hot chocolate and nuts.

Local residents can now recycle their containers alongside food and drink cartons at specialist bring banks located at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Stourbridge.

The new service is the result of an agreement between ACE UK, which operates the dedicated food and drink carton recycling service available in Stourbridge, and packaging manufacturer Sonoco Consumer Products Europe.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said: 

While paper containers with metal ends such as Pringles tubes can’t be be recycled through council recycling collections, we’re glad to be able to offer this facility at the tip.
Our residents of have always responded well to the different recycling schemes we’ve implemented, and we hope that they will take full advantage of this new service.

The introduction of the recycling scheme for paper containers with metal ends in follows a number of other improvements made by Dudley Council in the past year. These include an extension of plastic packaging now accepted at the kerbside, including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays and fruit punnets.

Richard Hands, CEO of ACE UK said:

ACE UK has been successfully running the industry’s recycling programme for the last 15 years, driving significant increases in carton recycling as part of its role as the UK’s food and drink carton industry trade body. We have worked closely with local authorities and waste management companies so that today 93% of local authorities collect food and drink cartons for recycling through either Bring Banks or kerbside collection.
Whilst our primary focus remains on increasing carton recycling, our Bring Bank network and the expertise and experience we have developed will deliver an immediate solution for Sonoco Europe’s paper containers with metal ends, helping to create a step change in recycling for these products.”

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 in beverage cartons in Europe.

Residents are reminded that they need to pre-book to use the tip. People can find out more online at

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