Tetra Pak Recycling ♻️ – Can I Recycle Tetra Pak Cartons?
Tetra Pak Recycling ♻️: In our never-ending quest for sustainability, we always seek ways on how to repurpose and give new life to various types of materials. One thing that came to my mind when I said this are Tetra Pak cartons. Composed of paper, cardboard, and plastic; they are truly made to protect both food and the environment. But are they really sustainable as promised? Let us delve deeper into the topic at hand.
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Everything About Tetra Pak Recycling You Should Know
Tetra Pak cartons have a material called liquid paperboard (LPB) created out of paperboard with layers of plastic. Additionally, manufacturers also add in a thin layer of aluminium foil in the case of long-life products.
Tetra Pak cartons were developed with this in mind: make it as sustainable and as recyclable as possible. It was created back in the 1950s and sold as a tetrahedron-shaped carton. Along with its evolution in shape, its environmental impact also evolved. In fact, Planet Ark listed 4 facts about Tetra Pak Cartons. The listed facts state that:
- They commonly get recycled in Australia and all over the world – Tetra Pak recycling is common across 49 countries globally and over 80 per cent of Australians have access to local councils that take in their Tetra Paks.
- They have renewable packaging – Tetra Pak’s cartons are made from 75 per cent renewable materials.
- Production of cartons involves renewable electricity – if that is not enough to convince you of Tetra Pak’s environmental awareness, did you also know that they have already reached using 50 per cent renewable electricity in just two years since its start? Furthermore, they plan to increase it to 100 per cent by 2030.
- Recyclers can turn Tetra Pak cartons into all sorts of products – they turn the cartons into items – or end products – such as cardboard, egg cartons, paper towels, roofing tiles, plastic crates and furniture.
Maybe It’s Not Sustainable As We Think It Is?
Although Tetra Pak recycling is fairly easy and available, some still argue that they are not the way to go in achieving environmental sustainability. According to Lindsay Miles’s Treading My Own Path blog, they are not green at all.
In our past blog on judging what materials can be recycled, we stated that although recycling cardboard materials is relatively easy, what makes it complicated is the other materials involved in the process. In this case, as I have already stated, Tetra Pak cartons are composed of paperboard, plastic, and sometimes even aluminium. What makes it difficult to recycle is the fact that it is made up of multiple materials adhered together.
Additionally, even though Tetra Pak cartons are indeed recyclable, it is not in a way that is circular, but rather linear. Are you finding it hard to understand? Let me explain it to you.
In Tetra Pak recycling, the most usually sought out material is the paperboard. They informed us that 41 per cent of their cartons are FSC-certified wood worldwide. But even though that is good, we have to take into account that old cartons do not revert back to new Tetra Pak cartons once recycled. Recyclers usually turn them into office papers, instead.
Now, what does that mean? Well, it simply means that Tetra Pak will create more and more cartons from raw materials instead of recycled ones.
“Why not create them from recycled Tetra Paks?” They would not, because of two reasons:
- To avoid contamination;
- Low-quality paperboard simply won’t cut it
Plastic And Aluminium
Tetra Pak recycling also involves extracting two more materials: polyethylene and aluminium. But they cannot be separated, so they combined as what we call a polymer. Treading My Own Path completely hit the nail on the coffin with this following statement:
“The fact that it gets reused and isn’t sent to landfill is great, except it doesn’t serve to make Tetra Paks a “green” solution. These cartons use fresh plastic and aluminium to make their cartons, and the waste products become something else entirely. Thus it is a linear system, not a cycle – and anything that is linear cannot be sustainable long-term.”
Tetra Pak Recycling: Conclusion
I hope this answered all your questions on Tetra Pak recycling. While it is indeed very much recyclable, some might argue that it is not “green” at all. But for many, it is still the best packaging for food and beverages.
Waster’s Cardboard Recycling Services
At Waster, we provide low-cost industrial waste bins and recycling services to small and medium Australian businesses – one of the easiest and most effective methods to recycle and cut your costs is to organise a cardboard recycling service. It is a very common service and is generally the cheapest form of waste/recycling bin collections as the cardboard has real value for recycling.
Why Pick Waster?
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The bins we deliver to businesses include cardboard and paper recycling, commingled recycling, confidential paper destruction, general waste, grease trap liquid service, medical service, organic waste service, sanitary bin service, and Terracycle Recycling boxes.
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