Stora Enso and Tetra Pak team up to explore recycling technology for used beverage cartons

The project is forecast to process 50,000 tonnes of used beverage cartons a year

Stora Enso and Tetra Pak have joined forces to explore the possibility of building a new recycling line in a bid to increase the recycling of used beverage cartons (UBC) in Central and Eastern Europe.

The plan will see Stora Enso pulp and separate the fibres from UBC at its Ostrołęka Mill in Poland and use the recycled fibres as a raw material. Tetra Pak will secure the recycling and reuse of polymers and aluminium.

If realised, the annual capacity of the new recycling line would be 50,000 tonnes of UBC.

That is predicted to increase the recycling capacity for beverage cartons across Europe, boosting the European beverage carton recycling rate from the current 51%.

In the first stage, the recycled UBC would come from countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Markku Luoto, Vice President LPB Aseptic and CUK, Stora Enso, said: “A new line would be the next step in the circularity of packaging materials, in helping make our customers’ brands circular. Beverage cartons are widely recycled in Europe today and we want to use our knowledge of fibres and board to promote and accelerate the recycling and collection of beverage carton materials”

Guillaume Latourrette, Managing Director of Tetra Pak East Europe, commented: “We are confident that this partnership will allow us to improve Europe’s recycling infrastructure and further increase the recycling rate of UBC in the region.”

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