Liquid Food And Beverage Cartons. Liquid food and beverage cartons are becoming increasingly more popular with manufacturers, and are being used as packaging for more and more products every day. This is because they are made mainly from a 100% recyclable material - WOOD! This in turn means that they are better for you, me, and the world we live in. Since July 2007 Recresco has been working with Tetra Pak, one of the world's biggest suppliers of this type of packaging, and over 100 Local Authority's in England and Wales. We collect cartons from recycling banks, like those used for plastic, and also from wheelie bins from over 500 sites every month. The cartons are brought back in our collection vehicles each day to several conveniently located processing depots where they are baled and stored ready for collection by Tetra Pak. Every lorry load of cartons that are collected is weighed in so that we can report back to the Local Authority's every month and tell them how much has been collected from their area.
As every part of a carton can be recycled we have to be very specific with what we can and can't accept in the banks. This means that any paperboard or cardboard based carton i.e. those with milk, orange juice, soup etc in, or those made by Tetra Pak, Combibloc or Elopak can be put in the bank to be recycled.
- Plastic bottles
- Plastic bags
- Household waste
- Once the cartons are at the processing plant they are baled up and stored, waiting to be collected by Tetra Pak.
- Once back at Tetra Pak's plant the bales are put into a pulping machine, mixed with water and pulped for 20 minutes to break down the packaging.
- The aluminium foil and plastic are separated from the paperboard and used for various other things such as furniture, or to help generate energy. The paperboard fibres are used to make new paper based products.