According to LetsRecycle.com packaging manufacturers Tetra Pak UK will provide 300,000 ($611,000 CDN) to help local authorities establish collection facilities for cartons, the company has said. Following concerns about the difficulty of recycling Tetra Pak cartons in England, the company said councils would be able to bid for money to set up new collection services. Over two billion Tetra Pak cartons were sold to shoppers in the UK last year, but at present they are collected for recycling in just 40 local authority areas.
There is only one plant in the UK capable of recycling cartons — the Smith Anderson mill in Fife — but this is currently processing far less than its 15,000 tonne per annum capacity because of the lack of sufficient collections. Tetra Pak has set itself the goal of reaching a 10 per cent post-consumer recycling rate and “having some sort of collection system in every local authority area in the UK, such as a curbside or bring-bank collection” by 2008.