Reducing the load locally

At Tetra Pak, we believe recycling is an obligation, not a choice. We are committed to working with local stakeholders including government, councils and recycling partners to set up local recycling solutions.

​​​​​​​​​​Afterall, all Tetra Pak used beverage cartons are fully recyclable. The paper, polyethylene and very thin layer of aluminum can all be recycled. Besides end-of-life, our cartons have a great foundation as they have a low carbon footprint (minimum climate impact) throughout their entire lifecycle compared to competing packaging systems in all segments.

Recycling works when all the necessary factors are in place and are well connected. The success of a 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. This is why we are committed to setting up a local recycling solution in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Sorting the material: the purity of the material is a very important factor for the market value of the material. This needs support from local and national governments to ensure collection and separation systems are in place.
  • Establishing continuous volumes of used beverage cartons to recyclers:​ requires an appropriate collection programme in place as well as consumer awareness and willingness; helping consumers understand where and how to recycle right – separating waste at their households.

​​​​​In New Zealand

In New Zealand, we are fully committed to setting up a New Zealand based recycling process to reduce dependency on waste exports and limit the valuable carton resource going to landfill. This solution will also contribute to achieving New Zealand’s vision of a low-carbon future.

If you are in Auckland, you can put your cartons into your kerb-side recycling bin. This is then mixed with other paper and they are recycled together.

In addition, all Tetra Pak cartons in the Fonterra Milk for Schools program are collected and sent for recycling to our dedicated carton recycling partners in the region where they are turned into corrugated cardboard and roof tiles.​

In all other regions, please check with your local council for information on their carton collection and recycling.

In Australia

In Australia, there is a growing reliance on local paper mills for all packaging materials due to the China ban and stricter regulations by other export markets.  Paper mill groups now have far more leverage and could better dictate what type of quality they would accept. This was not an issue in the past due to the demand from export channels, where used beverage cartons was sent in “mixed paper” bales.

In order to be part of the solution, our aim is to set up a local recycling solution for beverage cartons in Australia, 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.

Used beverage cartons from container deposit system (CDS) jurisdictions currently remain unaffected because they are clean and are therefore seen as high-quality recycling feedstock. That material continues to move to countries like India and Korea. Currently, baled used beverage cartons are shipped to India and Korea for recycling.


If you are in Australia, visit Planet Ark's Recycling Near You website to check the recycling and waste services offered by your council.

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