Tetra Pak has joined forces with global resource management company Veolia to enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025. The average beverage carton comprises around 75% paperboard, 20% plastic and 5% aluminium foil. The extracted PolyAl will be processed at dedicated facilities and converted into raw materials for usage within the plastic industry. In this way, the overall value of used beverage cartons is expected to double, making the value chain for collection and recycling more efficient and viable. The Tetra Pak and Veolia partnership will start in the EU and expand to more markets around the world.
Lisa Ryden, Recycling Director, Tetra Pak said, “All materials from beverage cartons can be fully recycled into something new and useful. Our approach to recycling involves working with many partners along the value chain, because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
Laurent Auguste, Senior EVP – Development, Innovation & Markets, Veolia said: “This partnership combines our resource management expertise with 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.”