Tetra Pak has joined hands with global resource management company Veolia to make a partnership that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025. Starting in the EU, the Tetra Pak and Veolia partnership will expand to more markets around the world.
The average beverage carton contains around 75% paperboard, 20% plastic, and 5% aluminum foil. The fibers recovered during recycling when converted into high-quality paper pulp have a good market for use in both industrial and consumer products, but the recovered polymer and aluminum (PolyAl) mix are not.
The new partnership company will process the extracted PolyAl at dedicated facilities and transformed into raw materials for applications within the plastic industry. The overall value of used beverage cartons is likely to be doubled and make the value chain for collection and recycling more efficient and viable.
“All materials from beverage cartons can be fully recycled into something new and useful”, said, Lisa Ryden, Recycling Director, Tetra Pak. She, added, “Our approach to recycling involves working with many partners along the value chain, because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The challenge in the EU is to achieve the economies of scale and turn PolyAl into high value secondary materials. With this partnership, we are combining our respective areas of expertise to find sustainable solutions for PolyAl recycling”
Laurent Auguste, Senior EVP Development, Innovation & Markets, Veolia, commented, “This partnership joins together our resource management expertise and Tetra Pak’s packaging material expertise. We will develop an environmentally and economically sustainable solution to recycling PolyAl, first in the EU, and then Asia, to improve collection, technology, and processes.”