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European Tetra Pak recycling hits 33%

Tetra Pak recycling has been boosted from 4 per cent to 86 per cent among local councils over the past three years according to the carton producer.

Most of the Tetra Pak recycling is through a network of around 2000 bring banks but one in five local authorities now offer the service as part of their kerbside schemes. Cambridge City Council is the 81st local authority to offer kerbside Tetra Pak collections.

Tetra Pak recycling operations manager Fay Dashper said: By enabling cartons to be recycled through kerbside collections, councils like Cambridge City are now at the forefront of recycling efforts in the UK.

Tetra Pak wont quantify how much is being recycled from the UK, as the figures they have are not verifiable. However, it said that across Europe 33 per cent of Tetra Paks are recycled.

The packaging company picks up the collected material from local authorities for free and takes it to a facility in Sweden where the paper component is recycled into plasterboard liners. Plastic from the packs is fed into an EfW scheme and the carbon footprint from exporting the packs is offset.

Tetra Pak is looking for a UK facility to take the material after the Fife paper mill that it used for carton recycling shut down two years ago.

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