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Stora Enso and Tetra Pak Explore Feasibility of Building Recycling Line for Used Beverage Cartons

Both the companies are initiating a feasibility study to assess the viability of building a large-scale recycling line for Used Beverage Cartons (UBC) at Stora Enso’s Ostroleka Mill in Poland.

November 16, 2020

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Stora Enso’s Ostroleka Mill in Poland.

Stora Enso and Tetra Pak are collaborating to explore the possibility of building a new recycling line to significantly increase the recycling of used beverage cartons in Central and Eastern Europe.

The two partners are initiating a feasibility study to assess the viability of building a large-scale recycling line for Used Beverage Cartons (UBC) at Stora Enso’s Ostroleka Mill in Poland. In the model Stora Enso would pulp and separate the fibers from used beverage cartons at its Ostroleka Mill and use the recycled fibres as a raw material, while Tetra Pak would secure the recycling and reuse of polymers and aluminium which shall be processed by a dedicated partner.

The Ostroleka Mill is an integrated pulp, paper, containerboard and corrugated box mill that produces recycled fibre-based products. The mill has the capacity to produce 725,000 tonnes per year of testliner, PfR fluting, sack paper and wrapping paper.

If realised, the annual capacity of the new recycling line would be 50,000 tonnes of UBC. This would be a significant increase in recycling capacity for beverage cartons across Europe, boosting the European beverage carton recycling rate from the current 51%.

In the first stage the recycled post-consumer beverage carton material would come from countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Stora Enso expects the feasibility study to be completed in six months, after which the possible decisions about the project and timeline would be confirmed.

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