Stora Enso and Tetra Pak start up new beverage carton recycling line in Poland


Stora Enso and Tetra Pak have started up a new recycling line for post-consumer beverage cartons at Stora Enso‘s Ostrołęka corrugated packaging plant in Poland. The project was first announced around two years ago. According to the companies, the newly added capacity will make the site one of Europe’s main recycling hubs for liquid paperboard packaging.

The new line has a capacity of 50,000 tonnes a year, Stora Enso reports. It handles only beverage cartons, separating the fibres from polymers and aluminium. The fibres are then recycled and reused for board production, while Czech company Plastigram Industries and Tetra Pak are industrialising a solution to recycle the non-fibre "PolyAl" fraction into new products.

Stora Enso says it has invested approximately €17m into a new repulping line that will recover the carton fibres. Tetra Pak along with Plastigram have invested around €12m to build a new line for separating the aluminium and plastic fractions....

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