Brazil shows China new technique to recycle Tetra Pak packaging

15 September 2006

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 14 Sept – A delegation of the Chinese government, with representatives from three ministries, has spend this week in Brazil to find out about pioneering technology to recycle Tetra Pak packaging, officials said.

Tetra Pak packaging is made up of three layers: paper, plastic and aluminium. This kind of packaging is much used in the food sector, as it protects and conserves the food kept inside it.

The recycling method was developed over seven years and makes it possible to separate the three materials so that they can be re-used, which is useful to the packaging industry.

In order to find out about the entire process, representatives from the Chinese government visited cooperatives of “gatherers” – who collect the used packages – and the factories that use the recycled aluminum and plastic to manufacture products such as sheets, tiles and brooms.

The Chinese delegation also visited Plasma, which owns the technology.

Set up in 2005 by Tetra Pak, in partnership with Alcoa, Klabin and TSL Ambiental, the company annually produces 8 million tons of aluminum and plastic from 32 tons of packaging, Fernando Von Zuben, the Social and Environmental Director of Tetra Pak told Macauhub.

China is currently the country that uses most new Tetra Pak packages, Tetra Pak’s spokesperson, Andréa Lie Iwamizu, told Macauhub.

This new development in the packaging industry has attracted commissions from several countries. According to Von Zuben, as well as the Chinese, Spanish, German and Belgian delegations have already visited Brazil. (macauhub)