Tetra Pak Recycling
This page is mostly archivedDuring 2005/6 Veggies & the Sumac Centre ran a trial scheme for the recycling of tetra paks collected from their catering operations. This was a small internal trial, as we did not actually have anywhere locally to take them!
Cartons are successfully recycled in large volumes throughout Europe, where high quality carton fibre has consistently been valued.
STOP PRESS : Carton recycling in NottinghamWe were delighted to hear, in Sept'07, that paper-based drinks and liquid food cartons, such as tetra paks, can now be recycled at various points within the City of Nottingham.
Can You Help by taking tetra paks to the nearest collection point:
Before throwing away - have you made YOUR tetra pak wallet?
To reduce your tetrapac waste, see also the Do-It-Yourself Milk Making Recipe, below.
Visit http://www.recycle-more.co.uk to enter your postcode to display a map of your nearest recycling site and thanks for the link back from reducereuserecycle.co.uk for more info recycling facilities in Nottingham.
For more info on recycling, waste reduction and minimal packaging at Veggies, see recycling details on the Sumac Diary listing.
245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham, NG7 6HX
Ph: 0845 458 9595 .
Please thank the recycling contact at Nottingham City Council, Chris Bailey
(0115 915 2126) for establishing tetra pak collection points in Nottingham.
There are many sites across the city where you can take other waste to be recycled. They are known as 'Bring Sites' and can accept some or all of the following:
A supporter asks:
"Does anyone know *anywhere* in Nottingham doing plastics recycling?
I emailed the council about it a while back, and they couldn't tell me anywhere - not even at a tip or anything like that. I can't believe there's no plastics recycling available in Nottingham(shire) - there's got to be some somewhere?"
If you cannot recycle in your area the Tetra Pak company run the tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/ website to promote carton recycling for local authorities & the Community Recycling Network sector.
The main recycling plant in Scotland has now closed, but there is a new depot at:
Recycling - Tetra Pak
c/o Perrys Recycling
The status of the network of collection points and regional hubs is uncertain - details currently be recompiled for the website at tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/
Tue, 24 Aug 2004
Liquid Food Carton Manufacturers Association
"We have an operating collection hub in Northampton who are currently accepting reasonable quantities of bulked up cartons from Community Recycling operations in Luton and Brighton".
Sandy Hill Lane, Overstone Road, Malton, Northants,
(Just off M1 nr Northampton or A43 from Kettering. Moulton Village is on the northern outskirts of N'ton).
"This is a very busy waste paper merchant so discrete deliveries would be welcomed!"
Paul (01604 644963) is happy for us to drop them off during office hours: Mon-Fri: 8am - 4pm. and Sat: 7-10am.
(Other regional hubs are in York, Wigan, Yeovil and another is proposed for Doncaster).
Details also available from the National Recycling Officer at Tetra Pak (UK) Ltd on 0870 442 6000 or email: email@example.com
See full UK interactive UK carton collection map at http://www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/04.htm
Instruction for packing cartons for recycling:
This info is for people able to make their own arrangements for getting their tetra paks to the collection points detailed above.
Do-It-Yourself Milk Making
This received from a supporter:
"Really though, society (and thus "we all") probably needs to find ways to stop using Tetrapaks.
I've been making a half-assed effort, and it's not exactly easy.
However, one way is to make your own oat milk. I don't know why it took me so
long to look this up, but far from needing expensive mechanical equipment,
it's actually so ridiculously easy I was kicking myself as soon as I found
Approximately half fill a jug with oats, then fill to the top with water and
leave overnight. Sieve the liquid into another container in the morning and
you've got pretty decent oat milk, as well as left over oats which make great
porridge. Add a touch of salt to taste, if you like. What could be simpler
than that!? Total time spent on it far less than going to the shop! :-)
It needs lots of shaking every use. It's fine on cereal, I haven't tested
cooking with it yet, and unfortunately it's not great in tea, though I've
found increasing the ratio of oats to water helps a bit. Deep down, I think
we might just need to get over having any sort of "milk" in tea and just
drink it black - hey, they do it on the continent!
Soya milk is probably here to stay for some time, but I reckon home made oat
milk from home grown oats (and why not!?) has got to be the way of the
future, at least in the UK. Then we won't need bloody Tetrapak recycling!"
Veggies can supply organic UK-grown oat flakes, milled and supplied wholesale by Mornflake of Crewe.
DiY Tetra Pak Craft Recycling
See also: Nottingham Against Incineration and Landfill (NAIL).