Stora Enso and Tetra Pak will partner to provide circular solutions to the market. The investment in a complete recycling solution is set to significantly improve recycling throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
The partnership, that follows a comprehensive feasibility study, sees the introduction of a large-scale carton repulping line at Stora Enso’s Ostrołęka production unit in Poland. The line will triple the annual recycling capacity of used beverage cartons in Poland from 25,000 to 75,000 tonnes. This will allow recycling of the entire volume of beverage cartons sold in the country and the ones coming from neighbouring countries, including Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The total investment is Euro 29.1 million. Stora Enso will invest Euro 17 million into a new repulping line that will recover the carton fibers. Tetra Pak along with Plastigram will invest a total of Euro 12.1 million to build an additional line. It will recover and separately recycle the polymers and the aluminium, using a patented separation technology. Both lines will be operational in the beginning of 2023.
The separated materials will be used as raw materials for various end applications. Recycled fibers will be integrated into Stora Enso’s recycled board.
The investment aims to contribute to the development of a circular economy at a country level. It will be fully aligned with the European Green Deal. The collected cartons will be managed in an environmentally sound manner, making full use of the materials resulting from the recycling process.
Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper.