Recycling activities towards a circular future


We drive circular packaging solutions by designing recyclable food and beverage packaging, using recycled materials, and expanding waste collection and recycling to keep reusing materials in and out of landfills.
 

Read the real stories of recycling investments that are having a real impact.

Design for recycling

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Making sustainable progress

To achieve a sustainable future for food packaging, a full value chain approach to circularity is needed. Collaboration and innovation will help us get there.

Recycled content

Recycled content in our packages

Expanding its portfolio to cover new formats, product categories and geographies, we are accelerating in the area of recycled content.

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Food package of the future

Tetra Pak commences first-of-its-kind research into fibre-based food packaging to provide fresh insights towards the company’s journey to develop the most sustainable food package2.

Collaborating for circularity

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Expanding recycling

Our dedicated team of 70 recycling experts around the world are working to accelerate the collection and recycling of carton packages. Read more about our efforts to contribute to collection and recycling.

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Strengthening local communities

Keeping materials in use benefits nature and climate3, while also helping the communities where these materials are collected, by creating new jobs and new sources of revenue.

From cartons to furniture, shoes or crates

You may see one of our beverage cartons again as a paper towel, pallet, cardboard package, crate, and more.

Catalogues with PolyAl products

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Recycled Material Catalogue

For the technical data of the polyAl material, an overview of the companies that recycle polyAl, and examples of end use, see our catalogue of recycled resins & aluminium.

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Catalogue of recycled polyAl end-products

For different end-products produced using polyAl, including pallets, crates, boards and furniture, and the companies manufacturing them, see our catalogue of recycled polyAl end-products.

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Climate & decarbonisation case stories

Climate & decarbonisation case stories

Explore our commitment to mitigating climate change through science-based targets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our value chain.

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Nature and biodiversity case stories

Nature and biodiversity case stories

From responsible sourcing to contributing to global water resilience and land restoration, we strive to halt and reverse nature loss. See our stories.

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Social sustainability case stories

Social sustainability case stories

Discover our dedication to respecting human rights throughout the value chain and empowering communities, aligned with our promise for a better world.

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Food systems case stories

Food systems case stories

Discover how we're shaping secure, sustainable, and resilient food systems by transforming how we grow, process, distribute, and consume food.

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1A low-carbon circular economy, meaning “eliminate waste and pollution, circulate products and materials (at their highest value) and regenerate nature”, we must shift from a “take-make-waste” mode towards a new way of thinking and acting.

2This means creating cartons that are fully made of renewable or recycled materials, that are responsibly sourced, thereby helping to protect and restore our planet's climate, resources and biodiversity; contributing towards carbon-neutral production and distribution; are convenient and safe, therefore helping to enable a resilient food system; and are fully recyclable.

3As per the definition of circular economy from EMF: "The circular economy gives us the tools to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss together, while addressing important social needs."  
Source: ellenmacarthurfoundation.org