process for juice boxes and cartons emerges
A cutting edge recycling line was launched
at Groupe RCM’s recycling facility in Québec; a local project
that’s part of a larger industry strategy to optimize end-of-life
carton management in Canada. The launch is the end result of
a 3 year development and represents a $3.5 million investment,
spearheaded by Tetra Pak as part of its larger, aggressive national
recycling plan. Tetra Pak and its corporate partners A. Lassonde
Inc., and Natrel, along with Québec government corporation, Recyc-Québec
collectively provided Groupe RCM with $1 million in seed capital.
The new process breaks down carton, plastic bag and film waste
into a thermoplastic resin.
The line accepts all gable top and aseptic cartons, as well as
plastic shopping bags and cellophane films from sorting centers
in the Québec market. A thermokinetic process uses high-speed
knives to homogenize disparate waste materials into plastic granules
that can later be used for making a wide variety of plastic products
including: flower pots, railway ties, guard rail posts, pallets
and plastic lumber. The process is waste-free, converting all
elements, including straws, caps and other plastic attachments,
into plastic granules.
This investment aligns with the greater awareness and concern
that Canadians have for recycling in general. According to an
EKOS survey commissioned by Tetra Pak, more than 80 percent of
Canadians feel recycling is worth the effort.