Carton collection and recycling in your area

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Carton collection and recycling in your country

​Explore how you can recycle beverage cartons in your country.

Argentina

We started early to promote waste management in the country, supporting the collection carried out by municipalities and cooperatives of urban recyclers. In addition, we collaborate to strengthen the recycling infrastructure for carton packages. Argentina has more than five operators that recycle cardboard fibers, polyaluminium or the complete packages to make ecological boards. More information visit https://www.tetrapak.com/ar/sustainability/recicladores-en-argentina.​

Australia

More than 80% of people in Australia live in local councils where beverage cartons are collected under kerbside recycling programs. To find out where you can recycle cartons locally, visit https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/ 

Australians may also recycle their used beverage cartons under the Container Deposit Schemes in South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales. For more information regarding container deposits, please visit the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) website in respective states.​

Austria

In Austria beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging or with sorted mixed paper. For more information on recycling in Austria, please visit: http://www.getraenkekarton.at/recycling/

Belgium

In Belgium beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging. F​or more information on recycling in Belgium, please visit: https://www.fostplus.be/

Brazil

In Brazil the collection of beverage cartons varies by region. They can be collected via curbside pick-up or brought to voluntary drop-off points. For more information regarding the recycling of beverage cartons in Brazil, please visit: https://www.rotadareciclagem.com.br/index.html

Bosnia & Herzegovina

In Bosnia & Herzegovina the collection of beverage cartons varies depending on the region. For more information on recycling in your area please contact your municipality.

Canada

In Canada the collection of beverage cartons varies by province. They can be collected via the blue box as part of curbside collection or they can be collected through the container deposit system. For more information regarding the recycling of beverage cartons in Canada, please visit: http://www.recyclecartons.ca/

Chile

Tetra Pak has been carrying out different actions for more than fifteen years to increase the recycling of carton packages for beverages in Chile, such as environmental education campaigns or supporting recycling systems that seek to strengthen the management of actors such as municipalities, collectors and recycling companies. For more information on recycling in Chile please visit https://www.tetrapak.com/cl/sustainability/recicladores-en-chile​.

China

In China beverage cartons are categorized in different waste streams depending on the local guidelines. For more information on recycling in your location, please contact your municipality or the local Tetra Pak office.

Colombia

Tetra Pak carry out different actions for more increase the recycling of carton packages for beverages in Colombia, such as environmental education campaigns or supporting collection infrastructure, working with waste pickers associations and building a sustainable value chain with five operators that use the carton as a raw material.   There are various options for UBC collection in Colombia, cartons are collected as part of curbside collection programs in the following areas: Coffee triangle, Cali, Central Aburra Valley (Medellin, Envigado, Sabaneta, etc.) and Atlantic Coast. Bogota and Bucaramanga have both drop off stations as well as curbside collection where UBC is accepted for recycling.​

Costa Rica

Some municipalities in Costa Rica have curbside collection, while other metropolitan areas have voluntary drop off stations in public places. In both cases, UBC is accepted for recycling. 

Croatia

In Croatia the collection of beverage cartons varies depending on the region. For more information on recycling in your area please contact your municipality.

Czech Republic​

In the Czech Republic beverage cartons are collected in three ways; with plastics, in a separate bins for used beverage cartons or with mixed paper. For more information on recycling in the Czech Republic, please visit: http://jaktridit.cz/cz/co-se-deje-s-odpadem/recyklace-a-vyuziti-napojovych-kartonu

Dominican Republic

There is no organized curbside collection in the Dominican Republic. UBC is collected as part of recycling collection programs at Punta Cana hotels, restaurants and the airport.  Some voluntary drop off stations for recyclables exist in Santo Domingo city and Punta Cana beaches where UBC is accepted.​

Ecuador

​​There are various options for UBC recycling in Ecuador. Quito has both drop off stations as well as curbside collection where UBC is accepted for recycling. In Santo Domingo there is also curbside collection. In Cuenca there are drop off stations.

Estonia

In Estonia beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging. For more information on recycling in Estonia, please visit: http://www.eto.ee/en/ or http://www.tvo.ee/

Finland

In Finland beverage cartons are collected with mixed paper. For more information on recycling in Finland, please visit: https://rinkiin.fi/for-households/

France

In France beverage cartons are collected through used beverage cartons (UBC) extraction from municipal waste. For more information on recycling in France, please visit: http://www.ecoemballages.fr

Germany

In Germany beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging in yellow bins. For more information on recycling in Germany, please visit: http://www.getraenkekarton.de/

Guatemala

Some voluntary drop off stations for recyclables exist in Guatemala city where UBC is accepted.

Hungary

In Hungary beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging or with mixed paper. For more information on recycling in Hungary, please visit: http://italoskarton.hu/

Iceland

In Iceland beverage cartons are collected with mixed paper. For more information on recycling in Iceland, please visit: https://www.ekkirusl.is/

India

In India, Tetra Pak is driving UBC collection through its appointed partners (NGOs, waste management companies, etc) Currently UBC collection is available across various geographies and in a number of cities. For more information on recycling in India please visit: http://www.ecolinkindia.com/ and  https://www.tetrapak.com/in/sustainability​

Iran

In Iran, collection methods of beverage cartons vary by region and depend on collection and recycling infrastructure of each city. Generally, they are collected mixed with light weight packaging, cardboard and paper, and manually separated by municipalities, recyclers and street pickers. Also, municipalities in metropolitan areas collect used beverage cartons (UBC) via collection & recycling kiosks. Voluntary movements and schools also contribute the mainstream UBC collection. For more information on recycling in your area please contact local Tetra Pak office. (Tetra Pak Iran)​

Ireland

In Ireland beverage cartons are collected with mixed dry recyclables, either through household collection or via bring banks. For more information on recycling in Ireland please visit: https://www.repak.ie/

Italy

In Italy beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging or through bring banks. For more information on recycling in Italy, please visit: http://www.tiriciclo.it/index.plp

Japan

In Japan, beverage cartons are collected through various channels (municipality, retailer, voluntary groups, schools, etc). In order for used beverage cartons to be recycled, consumers need to "open-wash-dry" them and also separate between aseptic cartons (with aluminium foil) and chilled cartons (without aluminium foil). For more information on recycling in Japan please visit: http://www.jcpra.or.jp/ (for all packaging and containers); http://www.yokankyo.jp/ (for cartons without aluminium foil);  http://ll-pack-recycle.org/ (for cartons with aluminium foil); http://www.kami-suisinkyo.org/ ​(for paper-based packaging, including cartons with aluminium foil).

Korea

In South Korea, beverage cartons are collected under the EPR scheme in the paper carton stream. This includes PCMC (gable top) and aseptic cartons. For more information on collection and recycling in South Korea please visit: http://www.kora.or.kr/eng/main.do​

Lithuania

In Lithuania beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging. For more information on recycling in Lithuania, please visit: http://www.zaliasistaskas.lt/​​​​​

Luxemburg

In Luxemburg beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging. For more information on recycling in Luxembourg, please visit: https://valorlux.lu

Malaysia

In the Waste Separation at Source scheme implemented under the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act 2007 (Act 672), used beverage cartons (UBCs) are categorized as recyclables in the paper category. This scheme is enforced in the following states and Federal Territories: Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Kedah and Perli.​ For more information on the collection schedule please visit: http://www.kpkt.gov.my/separationatsource/en/ 

There are  various collection points around the country where you can bring your used beverage cartons for recycling. To find active collection points please visit http://www.kpkt.gov.my/separationatsource/en/

Netherlands

In the Netherlands beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging. For more information on recycling in the Netherlands, please visit: https://www.hedra.nl/

New Zealand

48% of Kiwis have access to carton collection under kerbside recycling in Auckland City Council. For more information please visit: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rubbish-recycling/rubbish-recycling-collections/Pages/what-put-your-recycling.aspx

Nigeria

Beverage Cartons are recycled in Nigeria by the biggest tissue paper mill in Lagos, Post-Consumer Waste collection program started by mid 2019 to collect Beverage Cartons with the collaboration of different stakeholders in Lagos and other cities of Nigeria, school program done by end of 2019 to increase awareness on Beverage Cartons collection and recycling​.​

Norway

In Norway beverage cartons are collected either with sorted or not sorted mixed paper. For more information on recycling in Norway, please visit: https://www.grontpunkt.no/gjenvinning/drikkekartong/

Pakistan

Beverage cartons recycling has been growing steadily in the last decade with initiatives and support of Tetra Pak in the country. There are two dedicated recyclers operating regularly to process used beverage cartons into value added paper and carton products. In addition, other papermills also benefit from collected beverage cartons to some extent. The main beverage carton collections in the country are based upon collections from municipalities, waste management companies operating through waste dealers and with mixed paper streams.​

Panama

​The municipality of Panama City has public drop off stations for recyclables. UBC is accepted at these facilities.​

Paraguay

We support a recycler in the country that work with the complete recycling chain of the packages, it separates the packages to produce cardboard objects and ecological boards.​

Peru 

​There are voluntary drop off stations in public places in the metropolitan area of Lima where recyclables including UBC are accepted. Moreover, there is some curbside collection in other areas where UBC is collected with other recyclables.

Philippines

Local recycling infrastructure for UBCs is now available in the Philippines. In the Metro Manila area, cartons are being collected and sorted for recycling at a local recycling mill in Bulacan. 

A total of 197 schools (public and private) are taking part in the Tetra Pak Care and Share programme, actively driving UBC recycling education and collection. For more information please visit: https://www.tetrapak.com/ph​

Poland

In Poland beverage cartons are collected with plastic, metal and other materials in the yellow bins. For more information about recycling in Poland please visit: http://dziennikustaw.gov.pl/DU/rok/2001/wydanie/69/pozycja/719​

Portugal

In Portugal beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging in the yellow bins. For more information on recycling in Portugal, please visit: http://www.pontoverde.pt/en/ or http://www.novoverde.pt/

Saudi Arabia

In 2017 Tetra Pak Arabia Area formed a strategic partnership with OPI a local papermill located in the capital of Saudi Arabia Riyadh and the project is named RIYcycle and its planned to go live in 2020. This joint investment enables the used beverage cartons to be transformed into value-added end products. The new recycling plant is considered first of its kind in the region, with the annual capacity to recycle 8000 tons of beverage cartons.​

Serbia

In Serbia the collection of beverage cartons varies depending on the region. For more information on recycling in your location please contact your municipality.

Singapore

Under the National Recycling Scheme of Singapore, beverage cartons are categorised as paper packaging. One of the most convenient channels for residents is to deposit their used beverage cartons (UBCs) in the blue bins at the respective HDB blocks. The respective appointed Public Waste Collector(PWCs) will collect and sort the recyclables and in turn send them for recycling.

More locations where recycling bins/collection of UBCs is available:​

- Kindergartens and schools participating in the Tetra Pak Little Green Dots/School Recycling Programs: UBC recycling bins are available for the school community  within the school vicinity. For a list of participating schools, please visit: https://www.tetrapak.com/sg/sustainability/schoolrecycling
- Community programs where UBCs are being collected. For more details on community programs, please visit:  https://www.tetrapak.com/sg/sustainability/communityrecycling1

Slovakia

In Slovakia beverage cartons are collected with light weight packaging, with metals or separately.

South Africa

In South Africa the collections of beverage cartons is done by informal collectors. Consumers are encouraged to participate in recycling by dropping off their cartons at specific drop-off points. For information on drop-off points visit: www.recycleyourcartons.co.za

Spain

In Spain beverage cartons are collected in a few different ways; either with mixed paper, with light weight packaging or through used beverage carton extraction from municipal waste. For more information on recycling in Spain, please visit: https://www.ecoembes.com/es

Sweden

In Sweden beverage cartons are collected with mixed paper packaging. For more information on recycling in Sweden, please visit: http://ftiab.se/29.html 

Taiwan

In Taiwan beverage cartons are collected through used beverage cartons (UBC) extraction from municipal waste. For more information on recycling in Taiwan, please visit https://recycle.epa.gov.tw/en/index.html​​​​​​​​

Tunisia

A recycling solution is under development in Tunisia with the biggest paper mill to recycle Beverage Cartons which will be considered as a hub for Maghreb countries, the government is working in collaboration with brand owners and relevant stakeholders to have a collection scheme for packaging waste material to be implemented in the near future​

Turkey

Used beverage cartons are collected along with other types of packages, generally with carton and paper in kerbside collection equipment, packaging waste bins in buildings or from individual households directly depending on the local municipality across the country. Collection activities are organized by packaging recovery organizations, local municipalities and licensed collection/sorting companies as per the legislation in effect. Sorted packages in dedicated plants then are sent to licensed recycling plants to be processed into secondary raw materials and new end-products.
For more info: https://www.cevko.org.tr/

UK and Northern Ireland

In the UK, the collection system varies in different areas. Either beverage cartons are collected through household collections or through bring banks. To find out how cartons are collected in each local area please visit: www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk

Uruguay

Tetra Pak promotes recycling and collaborates to develop locally circular economy solutions. We work with a recycler who use the complete package to make ecological boards.​

U.S.A.

In the U.S.A. the collection of beverage cartons varies by community. They can be collected curbside in the recycling bin, together with other recyclables or at community drop off locations. For more information regarding the recycling of beverage cartons in the United States and to confirm that your community has access to beverage carton recycling please visit: https://www.recyclecartons.com/​ ​​

Information on more countries will be available shortly. ​​

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