Food and beverage carton recycling trial
A new waste minimisation initiative is underway in the Clutha District.
The recycling trial allows people to recycle their liquid paper board cartons, commonly referred to as Tetra Pak. These are often used to package things like soy milk, juice and liquid stock. This packaging is a composite of cardboard, plastic and aluminium which has previously been sent to landfill.
The initiative will divert these products from the waste stream and see them sent to Hamilton where they’ll be recycled into a plasterboard substitute that can be used in construction.
The trial will run for 12 months, with a decision on whether to continue or expand expected to be made in late 2023.
Schools and businesses are welcome to participate in the trial by providing a collection point for their community. Collected and prepared cartons would need to be delivered to the collection point at Mt Cooee Landfill in Balclutha as there is no pickup service available.
Together we can remove these cartons from the waste stream recycling them into low carbon building products.
There is a collection point for cut and rinsed liquid paper board packaging at Mt Cooee Landfill.
The following Clutha businesses have also volunteered as drop off points for the community:
- Health 2000
- Café 55
- Tokomairiro Community Hub
Preparing cartons for drop off
Only cut, opened, and rinsed cartons are accepted at the collection points.
To ensure items can be recycled, they need to be prepared so there is no contamination.
What happens to my cut and rinsed cartons?
Liquid paper board cartons are transported to the Te Rapa saveBOARD factory in Hamilton. They are then recycled into construction materials, primarily plasterboard.
The initiative will divert these products from landfill, allowing them to being recycled.
Find out more about how these materials are recycled on the saveBOARD website.