Tetra Pak has joined forces with L-PAK, a leading producer of corrugated carton in Russia, to launch a new state-of-the-art recycling line for used beverage cartons.
The new line, which has an annual capacity of 12,000 tons, will enable the recycling of all used beverage cartons collected through existing segregated household waste management systems in Russia and Belarus. L-PAK will then process the paperboard component of the beverage cartons – amounting to around 75 percent – into corrugated cardboard and other materials, including secondary packaging for the food and beverage industry. The remaining PolyAl, a mix of polyethylene and aluminium foil, is separated and sent to another recycling partner, Investal, for processing into pellets. These can then be used in industrial and consumer products such as composite panels, benches, crates and pens.
The partnership – which involves a €2.2 million investment – clearly demonstrates the commitment of both parties to building a circular economy, by breathing new life into used packages. "By transforming used beverage cartons into new products, we contribute to a sustainable future and deliver on circular economy principles here and now," says Yulia Ryazanova, L-PAK's Deputy General Director for Marketing. "We believe that this launch will set a benchmark in the industry and we will help to increase recycling at a country level."