Recycling centres and recycling banks

Food and drink carton recycling

You cannot use your kerbside recycling to dispose of your food and drink cartons. You should take your empty food and drink cartons to one of our carton recycling banks.

You can use the banks to recycle cartons such as those used for long-life milk, fresh soups and fruit juices.

They accept paper-based tubes with metal ends, such as gravy granule tubs, hot chocolate tubs, and Pringles tubes.

Please note that the banks no longer accept paper-based takeaway coffee cups.

There are 14 locations to choose from, including supermarket sites and some of our car parks.

When you take your food and drink cartons to the recycling bank, you should:

  • wash, squash and put the lids back on cartons

When you take your paper-based tubes with metal ends to the recycling bank, you should:

  • ensure the tube is empty of food

Remember to only put paper-based liquid food and drinks cartons paper-based tubes with metal ends or in the recycling bins

The food and drink carton trial has been extended pending a formal decision.

We will be:

  • measuring the volume of cartons we collect
  • checking the loads do not contain items that the contractor cannot accept or process

We are running the trial in partnership with:

  • the Alliance for Beverage Cartons
  • Printwaste Recycling

When the bins are full, our contractor will:

  • empty them
  • take them to a dedicated carton recycling facility in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Find out how food and drinks cartons are recycled and what they turn into next on the Ace UK website.


Location Area
Earls Colne Village Hall Earls Colne
Station Approach car park Braintree
Sainsbury's car park Braintree
Causeway House Braintree
Tesco Marks Farm car park Braintree
Tesco Great Notley car park Braintree
Coggeshall football club Coggeshall
Playing fields Finchingfield
The Old Depot Great Yeldham
Chapel Street car park Halstead
Village Hall Steeple Bumstead
The Victory Inn pub Wickham St Paul
Newlands car park Witham
Morrison's car park Witham


Customer Services

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,

Telephone: 01376 552525