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New Tetra Pak recycling plant launched

Screen shot 2014-05-23 at 9.45.08 PMMulti-layered carton boxes, used to pack juices and milk, are now being recycled by Caribbean Container Incorporated (CCI), which continues its drive toward environmentally sustainable ventures.

The Tetra Pak recycling plants adds to the company’s operations; it has already been scoping up waste paper and recycling it into corrugated packaging for many industries in Guyana and the Caribbean.

The fiber yielded from the recycling of aseptic packaging waste, which is comprised of layer of paper and poly aluminum will be fed into the company’s main recycling plant for the production of paperboard. The poly-aluminum component, or what many known as the plastic lining in the juice and milk cartons,  will be baled and stored separately, to be subsequently converted into a value-added by-product.

Already, CCI has commenced collection of Tetra Pak waste locally, and also from Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados.

The Pinehill, Nestle and Topco franchises have already started supplying their Tetra Pak waste to CCI for recycling, Managing Director Patricia Bacchus stated.

The need to import waste for the new plant is the same when it comes to the company’s original operations; it has experienced a shortage of supplies of old corrugated cardboard locally, according to Managing Director Patricia Bacchus.

Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources Robert Persaud said that the government is soon to introduce legislation to manage solid waste, which has been a “plague” in recent years.

HE said the legislation is not only to control waste, but also to entice business activities using waste.

He said the new Solid Waste Bill will provide incentives to recycle waste and move the garbage problem from being a burden to being something of economic value.

Even so, he anticipates the same problem CCI has been experiencing with the shortage of materials.

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