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RECYCLING: TURNING JUICE BOXES INTO PAPER PRODUCTS


November 1, 2000
By Pulp & Paper Canada

SCARBOROUGH, ON — Today’s juice box can be tomorrow’s paper towel. A joint partnership between Tetra Pak Canada Inc. and Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. has launched aseptic carton recycling in Cana…

SCARBOROUGH, ON — Today’s juice box can be tomorrow’s paper towel. A joint partnership between Tetra Pak Canada Inc. and Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. has launched aseptic carton recycling in Canada, whose purpose is to ensure that a majority of the one-billion cartons that are sold each year in Canada are recycled.

As it stands, Tetra Brik aseptic cartons — commonly known as drink boxes — will be collected in curbside blue-box programs and recycling depots, and be recycled into paper products at Atlantic’s mill in Scarborough, ON. “We are delighted that our partnership with Atlantic packaging will provide a made-in-Canada solution for the recycling of Tetra Brik aseptic cartons,” said Paulo Nigro, Tetra Pak’s president. “[This] is the culmination of many years of research and planning, resulting in a Canadian program to recycle our 100% recyclable packaging.” Before, the cartons were shipped to the United States for recycling.

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The drink cartons will come from recycling programs in Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. The recycled paperboard, which makes up between 70% and 75% of a Tetra Pak package, will be used to make Atlantic’s high-quality consumer paper products like towels and toilet tissue. Residual materials will be shipped to a plastics processor for plastic product applications.

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