All the materials used to make beverage cartons are fully recyclable. Beverage cartons are on average made of 75% paperboard, 21% polymers and 4% aluminium.
These materials are a valuable raw material for new products when recycled. A simple, closed-loop water-based process, called re-pulping, allows the paperboard to be separated from the non-fibre layers.
The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive sets out recovery and recycling targets for EU Member States. The Directive will be reviewed in the course of 2014-2015.