Don't forget - you can now recycle your beverage cups

Release date: 1 August 2018

Local people are being reminded that their plastic-lined paper cups can be recycled thanks to an initiative by the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK), in partnership with Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team.

This service enables plastic-lined cups - the sort commonly supplied by coffee shops, fast food outlets and petrol stations - to be recycled by depositing them in any of the food and drink carton recycling banks within the district.

Councillor Sue Coakley, Chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee and Cabinet Member for the Environment at CDC is keen to promote this initiative: 

“The carton recycling banks already accept the type of packaging usually associated with fruit juices, milk drinks and premium soup brands, and they can now take plastic-lined paper cups.  This change - the result of an agreement between ACE UK, high street retailers and cup manufacturers - provides a great opportunity for local residents and visitors to recycle even more waste. 

“Obviously, we would prefer people to drink from re-usable cups where possible – and it is good to see that most coffee shops are more than willing to fill a reusable cup brought from home.  However, the next best thing is to ensure that as many single-use cups as possible are recycled, and this initiative should help immensely.

“People in Britain are currently responsible for binning 25,000 tonnes of beverage cups every year.  All too regularly these items, along with other packaging from ‘on-the-go' food and drink products, end up littering our roadsides, which is unsightly, unhealthy and expensive to remove. This scheme is already making a difference and things can only improve if more people join in.”

Carton banks in Cotswold District are located at: 

  • Andoversford – Village Hall
  • Bourton-on-the-Water (Rissington Road Car Park);
  • Cirencester – Waterloo Car Park
  • Fairford – Hatherop Road
  • Stow-on-the-Wold – Maugersbury Road Car Park

Please note that paper beverage cups with a plastic coating should not be placed in paper recycling banks or in the blue kerbside collection bag.



About the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Partnership

The Joint Waste Partnership provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council. 

Contact: Marsha Llewellyn, Environmental Promotions Officer, Joint Waste Team, Forest of Dean District Council, Council Offices, High St, Coleford GL16 8HG.  Tel: 01594 812428.  Email:

About ACE UK

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.

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road