Afterall, all Tetra Pak used beverage cartons are fully recyclable. The paper, polyethylene and very thin layer of aluminum can all be recycled. Besides end-of-life, our cartons have a great foundation as they have a low carbon footprint (minimum climate impact) throughout their entire lifecycle compared to competing packaging systems in all segments.
Recycling works when all the necessary factors are in place and are well connected. The success of a recycling solution will depend on three important factors.
- Creating a demand for the material: Without a strong market for recycled materials, there is no incentive to collect and sort recyclables and produce recycled-content products. This is why we are committed to setting up a local recycling solution in Australia and New Zealand.
- Sorting the material: the purity of the material is a very important factor for the market value of the material. This needs support from local and national governments to ensure collection and separation systems are in place.
- Establishing continuous volumes of used beverage cartons to recyclers: requires an appropriate collection programme in place as well as consumer awareness and willingness; helping consumers understand where and how to recycle right – separating waste at their households.