“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. At Kellogg, we’re committed to making all of our packaging recyclable, reusable, or compostable by the end of 2025. This is another important step on this journey.”
The recycling of paper containers with metal ends like Pringles tubes has been made possible with the inking of a two-year agreement between Sonoco Consumer Products Europe and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK).
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 the large green bins at recycling points found in locations such as supermarkets and retail centre car parks, household recycling centres 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.
Continuous improvement on sustainability
“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,” said Peter Görlitz, sustainability manager at Sonoco Consumer Products Europe.