Kellogg, the maker of Pringles, has announced that the new ACE UK’s Bring Bank Scheme will allow fans to return the iconic tubes to be recycled into something new.
“We know that people want to recycle their Pringles tubes,” said Helen Potter, sustainability commercial lead for Pringles.
“Including a solution for Pringles in the Bring Banks scheme will allow our consumers to return them to be recycled into something new and is an important interim solution as we work towards the development of our new tube.”
The inking of a two-year agreement between Sonoco Consumer Products Europe and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) has made the recycling of paper containers with metal ends, like Pringles tubes, possible.
Under the agreement, consumers will be able to recycle the tubes at ACE UK’s 334 Bring Bank recycling points across the UK. Bring Banks are large green bins found in locations such as supermarkets, retail centre car parks, and other public locations.
The tubes will be sent to ACE UK’s Stainland recycling facility in West Yorkshire, which is run by Sonoco Alcore. Fibre from the recycled cartons is fed directly into Sonoco Alcore’s paper mill on the same site, to be turned into industrial coreboard.
“Consumers are increasingly aware of the need for more sustainable choices, which is the drive for many brands and retailers to increase the recyclability of their packaging,” noted Peter Görlitz, sustainability manager at Sonoco Consumer Products Europe.
“We are constantly striving to enhance our capabilities in paper-based packaging with the required functional barrier properties to help extend the shelf life, whilst proving our customers in Europe with a recycling solution they can have full confidence in.”