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ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 05 8:24 am    Post subject: Buying Tetrapak vs Plastic Bottles  Reply with quote    

I currently buy my milk in plastic bottles from the supermarket, as doorstep deliveries are not early enough for me. I wondered whether it would be more environmentally friendly to buy the milk in Tetrapaks, which I believe can't be recycled, or the plastic, which can. I'm guessing less energy goes into making the Tetrapak, but could I be wrong there?

ele



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Posts: 814
Location: Derby
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 05 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't know

Do the tetra pak type cartons have a plastic component (like a lid) or are they just paper? If they had plastic bits I'd prefer to buy the plastic bottles and recycle them. I'd also try and buy the bigger cartons/bottles as that would mean less packaging overall than the smaller ones...

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7093
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 05 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you are wrong there tetra-pak can be recycled infact tetra-pak have won awards for their environmental stance. Its just that not many councils actually do a tetra-pak collection

You can flatten them and then send them to a mill in Scotland who recycle them

To receive a batch of labels to send Tetrapaks to be recycled, phone
Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment on 020 8977 6116

Joanne

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 05 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Info here:

http://www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk/05.htm

ross



Joined: 07 Mar 2005
Posts: 123

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 05 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

thanks for the info. what a hassle to recycle tetrapaks -have to sent in a cardboard box and pay the postage! Think I will stick with recycling plastic bottles!

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