Stora Enso and Tetra Pak Explore Feasibility of Building Recycling Line for Used Beverage Cartons
Stora Enso and Tetra Pak are initiating a feasibility study to assess the viability of building a large-scale recycling line for Used Beverage Cartons at Stora Enso's Ostroleka Mill in Poland.
Nov. 16, 2020 - Stora Enso and Tetra Pak are joining forces to explore the possibility of building a new recycling line to significantly increase the recycling of used beverage cartons in Central and Eastern Europe.
The two partners are initiating a feasibility study to assess the viability of building a large-scale recycling line for Used Beverage Cartons (UBC) at Stora Enso's Ostroleka Mill in Poland. In the model Stora Enso would pulp and separate the fibers from used beverage cartons at its Ostro??ka Mill and use the recycled fibres as a raw material, while Tetra Pak would secure the recycling and reuse of polymers and aluminium which shall be processed by a dedicated partner.
The Ostroleka Mill is an integrated pulp, paper, containerboard and corrugated box mill that produces recycled fibre-based products. The mill has the capacity to produce 725,000 tonnes per year of testliner, PfR fluting, sack paper and wrapping paper.
If realised, the annual capacity of the new recycling line would be 50,000 tonnes of UBC. This would be a significant increase in recycling capacity for beverage cartons across Europe, boosting the European beverage carton recycling rate from the current 51%.
In the first stage the recycled post-consumer beverage carton material would come from countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
"A new line would be the next step in the circularity of packaging materials, in helping make our customers' brands circular. Beverage cartons are widely recycled in Europe today and we want to use our knowledge of fibers and board to promote and accelerate the recycling and collection of beverage carton materials," said Markku Luoto, VP LPB Aseptic and CUK, Stora Enso.
"Our process at Ostroleka Mill already uses recycled (OCC) materials. We are interested in developing the already well functioning recycling system and using high-quality UBC fibers," Luoto added.
Guillaume Latourrette, Managing Director, Tetra Pak East Europe, said, "Working with partners along the value chain is our number one priority when it comes to driving collection and recycling of used beverage cartons. We are confident that this partnership will allow us to improve Europe's recycling infrastructure and further increase the recycling rate of UBC in the region."
Stora Enso expects the feasibility study to be completed in six months, after which the possible decisions about the project and timeline would be confirmed.
Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. To learn more, please visit: www.storaenso.com.
SOURCE: Stora Enso