Tetra Pak is a leading food processing and packaging solutions company. While 75% of our packaging is made of paperboard, we use polymer layers to keep food fresh. Plastics are also used in our closures and straws. We ensure that our packaging is recyclable and aim to further increase the recycling rate of 47% in Europe (2016)
Tetra Pak is pledging to support the European Commission’s plastic strategy as follows:
- Together with our industry partners, we will ensure that, by 2030, recycling solutions are in place so that all components of our packages can be fully recycled across Europe. With this and with legislation ensuring that beverage cartons can participate in collection and recovery schemes, we will be able to further increase recycling in Europe.
- We aim to substantially increase the use of plastics made of renewable feedstock. Progress is hampered by limited availability. To meet our growth ambition, we seek supplies of bio-based plastics from Europe. Political incentives for renewable feedstock are needed to stimulate investments.
- We will use recycled plastics once they are validated as safe and are acceptable for use as a food contact material. Today, there are no food-grade recycled plastics available for the polymers we use. They could be made available with EU measures permitting the safe use in contact with food. We therefore welcome if the Commission would take steps forward to enable this to happen and offer our expertise to support the process.