This is how it is done:
- baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant food mixer
- filled with water, and
- pulped for around 20 minutes.
- This breaks down the packaging to produce a grey-brown mixture.
- The aluminium foil and polyethylene are separated from the fibre,
- The fibre is recovered to make new paper products
- The remaining mix of plastic and aluminium can then be used in furniture, to generate energy or even separated out into pure aluminium and paraffin.
You can follow this link to find out more: www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk
How can I get involved?
It’s really helpful if you can rinse them and flatten them as much as possible before putting in with the plastics in your recycling bin.
Tetra Paks can be upcycled to make new products. Tetra Pak wallets are a firm favourite! Here’s one example of how to- follow this link for instructions: www.instructables.com/id/Tetra-Pak-Wallet