A message from our sponsor
At Tetra Pak, our approach to sustainability is shaped by our brand promise: PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD. It is our brand promise which defines and influences everything we do. It encompasses the importance of protecting food, protecting people and protecting futures, for which driving environmental excellence is fundamental.
We believe that the economy of the future must be circular and low-carbon with a minimum climate impact across the entire food value chain. We are working to achieve this by delivering solutions with the lowest carbon footprint and highest efficiency, minimising the environmental impact on our own operations and working with partners to address the end-of-life of our products.
Our approach to recycling reflects our commitment to circular economy principles. Today, about 80% of Australians have access to carton recycling through kerbside collection, and globally one in four of our cartons on average are recycled into new products.
Recycling works when all the necessary factors are in place and well connected. A weak or missing local link – such as a lack of efficient collection systems, separate collection of packaging and waste management infrastructure – is a challenge.
Our aim is to set up a local recycling solution for beverage cartons in Australia by 2020, to help reduce dependency on waste export channels, limit the number of cartons going to landfill and ensure beverage cartons continue to deliver value after use.
In the meantime, we continue to work with stakeholders in the recycling value chain to connect those people who are collecting and sorting and baling used beverage cartons into their own grade with our regional partners who have existing recycling plants in South Korea and India.
Recycling packaging waste is a shared responsibility among government, consumers and the private sector. The success of this recycling solution will depend on three important factors.
- Creating a demand for the material: Without a strong market for recycled materials, there is no incentive to collect and sort recyclables and produce recycled-content products.
- Collection and sorting infrastructure: Support from national and local government for local collection and sorting infrastructure by identifying opportunities for improvement
- Increased education and awareness: So, consumers do the right thing – to separate waste at the household
Do your bit for the environment - check if you can recycle your cartons at home at RecyclingNearYou.com.au/milk-juice-cartons.
To learn more about our sustainability credentials, visit http://www.tetrapak.com/sustainability