It's important to us that used cartons are disposed of responsibly. We do our best to make this happen by cooperating with stakeholders in lots of different ways.
If you live in an area where household rubbish is separated for recycling, your used cartons will be transported to a recycling plant. There, they will be soaked in water to separate the paperboard from the plastic and aluminium layers. The paper content can then be turned into new products like toilet paper, tissue and notebooks. The plastic and aluminium can also be recovered to make things like roof tiles or plastic pots.
Recycling is not the only way to dispose of old cartons responsibly. They can also be incinerated and the energy recovered to generate heat and electricity. Some countries, such as Denmark, have decided to handle rubbish in this way. In Europe in 2007, 33% of all drink cartons were used to generate energy.
In 2003, no drinks cartons were being recycled in China. Now, the figure is over 10% and we are working to improve this even further.
The graph shows that in 2009, 27.1 billion Tetra Pak cartons were recycled globally. All together over the last seven years, we have seen a 73% increase in recycling.
Even if there has been a 73% increase in recycling of Tetra Pak cartons in the past seven years, there is still a long way to go. We hope for rapid, widespread improvements in the coming years and for that to happen:
Here are a few examples:
We work with lots of different stakeholders, including recycling companies, NGOs, schools and local government bodies worldwide.
Here are a few examples of the work we've been doing in cooperation with our partners:
The success of recycling schemes depends on the commitment and cooperation of all stakeholders. Our challenge is to find out where Tetra Pak’s support can be most useful - in areas like technology development, the growth of recycling infrastructure and increased consumer awareness.
There are lots of ways - big and small - in which you can contribute to a more sustainable future. Try these links and suggestions to get started.