Time to clear up some confusion about recycling Tetra pak cartons.
One of our readers wrote to me and asked about cartons that look like Tetra Pak, but don’t carry the Tetra Pak logo. These particular cartons said to recycle them as a beverage carton but she didn’t know how to recycle them in her area.
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) represents the UK’s leading beverage carton packaging manufacturer. Most of the bring banks across the country are paid for by the the three member companies (Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc and Elopak). This means that any cartons made by Tetra Pak, SIG Combibloc or Elopak logo can be put inside them for recycling.
The easiest way to find out what sort of carton you have is to look for the logos they have on them.
If you see one of these, you can put it in any carton recycling bank:
After realising this information I went checking through my fridge to see what I could find. The Provamel soy milk and Hibiscus juice had the Tetra Pak logo. The Morrisons juice, which has a happy, smiley face telling me I can recycle it didn’t have a logo at all so I contacted Sam at Tetra Pak for further clarification. What are we supposed to do with cartons which have no logo at all?
Cartons without any of these three logos do not pay into the recycling scheme or the costs of transport to the the mill. Companies such as Italpak for example, illustrate recycling on their site but do not have any service provision for it . However, ACE members believe in the greater good of people buying renewable cartons and do not want people to question carton recyclability by having to choose which ones can or cannot go into the recycling bin. You can see how seriously they take sustainability and recycling at their Tetra Pak Recycling website.
So the bottom line is, ANY food or beverage carton based on the Tetra Pak styling can go in to your local bring bank. Good news!
Have you got a burning question about recycling? Ask away and I’ll see if I can find out for you.
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