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.
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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