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Advancing recycled materials use and applications


For carton recycling to reach its full potential, we need to expand the value of the recycled materials. Together with partners, we continuously explore applications and opportunities for the increased use of recycled carton materials. We also collaborate with research institutes and our plastic and paper suppliers to enhance the properties of those materials.

Why increase the value of recycled materials


This is how we keep materials in use for longer

Transforming recycled materials into new products is a fundamental part of the circular economy. This is how recycled materials can retain their value and stay in use for as long as possible. For carton recycling to reach its full potential, it’s critical that the value and use cycle of the recycled materials be maximised. 
 

Tetra Pak carton packages can be transformed into a wide range of new products. We work to improve the recycling value chain wherever our cartons have a presence. As part of the EU plastics pledge, we commit to working with industry partners to ensure that by 2030, recycling solutions are in place for all components of beverage cartons across Europe. 

Collaborating to expand the use of recycled materials

As part of this commitment, we are exploring together with partners applications and opportunities for the increased use of recycled materials from cartons. We aim to ensure that cartons are systematically transformed into paper towels, tissue paper, secondary packaging, roof tiles, furniture, and much more. We also collaborate with research institutes and our plastic and paper suppliers to enhance the properties of recycled materials.

One example is with Recon Polymers. We supported Recon in developing an innovative technology to recycle all components from carton packages. Today they are actively exploring new applications for polyAl (polymer and aluminium from cartons), including working with Dutch producer Fauna Birdproducts BV on a range of products sold through major Dutch retailers.

In Italy, our longstanding partner Lucart continues to develop new uses for recycled carton materials. Lucart already produces two tissue paper brands, both of which carry the “Fiberpack®” label showing that they are made from recycled carton packages. They also produce tissue dispensers made from polyAl. Throughout 2020, we worked with Lucart on plans to install new equipment that will bring both fibre and polyAl recycling under one roof – a first in Italy. 

These are just two of the collaborative initiatives we are working on to increase the value of recycled materials. We believe these projects are key to achieving a truly circular economy. 

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We work closely with Ecuaplastic S.C., an Ecuadorian plastic and rubber manufacturer, to give our carton packages new life. They are transformed into high-quality products, advancing the recycling value chain and increasing circularity in Ecuador.

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