In 2016 47% 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, with around 430,000 tonnes recycled in 2016. This is almost a 70-fold increase on 1992 figures, when just 6,000 tonnes were recycled.
Combined recycling and energy recovery, the tonnage of the whole region reached nearly 700,000 tonnes (a 76% recovery rate). These figures reflect a clear long-term growth trend in beverage carton recycling since 1992.