In 2017 48% of all beverage cartons sold in the European Union were recycled, with some countries having rates over 70%. Recycling of beverage cartons in Europe has grown steadily over the last fifteen years. This is almost a 70-fold increase on 1992 figures, when just 6,000 tonnes were recycled.
Combined recycling and energy recovery of the whole region reached 76%. These figures reflect a clear long-term growth trend in beverage carton recycling since 1992.