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Tetra Pak announces plans for multiple investments to enhance recycling efforts across the EU

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Tetra Pak has made a significant €40m investment to support the proposed EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). This investment is aimed at ensuring that all packaging components, particularly beverage cartons, are recycled and that valuable raw materials are kept in circulation for longer. By doing so, Tetra Pak is highlighting the important role of recycling in the green transition of the food packaging sector.

The company’s commitment to sustainable packaging does not end there. In 2023, Tetra Pak has invested nearly €40m to accelerate beverage carton recycling worldwide, with plans to increase this investment even further in the coming years. The goal is to achieve greater material circularity and contribute to the EU’s ability to recycle beverage cartons, including the non-fibre protective layers of polyethylene and aluminium, known as “polyAl.”

These initiatives and investments are set to boost the EU’s recycling capabilities for beverage cartons, thereby increasing the overall recycling infrastructure. For instance, in Sweden, Tetra Pak and Axjo Group have initiated a feasibility study to build a new recycling line for polyAl with an annual capacity of 10,000 tonnes. In Spain, the company has expanded its agreement with Trans Sabater to increase the installed polyAl recycling capacity from 3,000 to 10,000 tonnes per year. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, Tetra Pak has invested in Recon Polymers’ polyAl recycling plant to increase its capacity to at least 8,000 tonnes per year.

Markus Pfanner, vice president of sustainability operations at Tetra Pak, emphasizes that these investments and collaborations are more than just industry initiatives. They represent a transformation towards a circular economy and an investment in the future of the planet. By expanding recycling infrastructure, they ensure that consumers can safely access food and that once consumed, cartons can be properly recycled, keeping quality resources in the loop and reducing the use of virgin content.

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