Trash Talk: Blending juice boxes into plastic
But in other ways, the packaging can be green.
Take the container produced in Switzerland as an example
Packaging giant Le Bao.
Sterile or sterile boxes lined with foil and polyethylene film are lightweight and compact.
They are efficient in transportation and do not need to be refrigerated.
But once the consumer runs out of a box, think about the challenge of recycling.
Maybe it was covered with soup slag.
It may be a straw stuck inside, or the rest of the juice.
Paper fiber is described as ideal.
But you need special equipment to release this fiber.
The process requires additional energy and, finally, plastic and foil residues need to be removed.
Supply is another problem.
The box, and the gable.
Top grade polyethylene
The coated cartons of your purchase of milk and juice represent a small part of North American waste logistics.
\"If you don\'t have thousands of tons of water, it\'s hard for even a single factory to invest $3 million on a hydraulic crusher (
Dedicated equipment required)
Gary Sekston, vice president of the waterfall recovery.
The company collects, classifies and sells recyclable items as part of Cascades Inc.
The largest recycled paper user in Canada.
He said that basically, paper recyclers in North America are not economical to recycle after processing
Color coated container.
Most of the milk and juice cartons, as well as the Le Bao boxes, are shipped to South Korea, where paper mills are prepared to process them.
Jeff Fildow, vice president of North American recycling at lepack, said nine South Korean factories equipped the materials.
One of the factories he visited was made of plastic residue for fuel. Tetra Pak Inc.
It is commendable that it tried to promote after
Through support terminals, consumers collect and create value for the recycling chain
Use of containers.
According to Fildow, this means working with paper mills in North America.
It also means using the technology developed by the province\'s industrial research institutions to invest $500,000 in the establishment of a new processing facility in Quebec.
The innovative system will produce plastic resin, incorporating plastic film, paper and foil into the lyre bag box and the gabletop cartons.
The company that installed this new system is headquartered in Que Yamachiche, not far from Trois rivières.
It is called the RCM group and is a non-
Profits from employing disabled persons in environmental enterprises in 1981, such as factories dealing with blue box recyclable items.
\"We have grown into 184 employees and 154 disabled people,\" said Michel camelander, managing director of RCM . \".
\"They are employed in sorting.
The RCM will work with containers to process plastic retail bags from Blue Box projects, as well as plastic films from commercial sources.
The plastic resin produced will be sold to companies that make building materials, flower pots, drains and other items.
\"Paper fiber (and foil)
\"It will be included in these plastic resins,\" Camirand said . \".
\"It will bring strength to our resin.
\"What about the nasty food residues and contaminants?
As Camirand explains, the recycled materials are put into a huge mixer, cutting them into pieces to generate heat by rubbing.
Pollutants are only evaporated through the ventilation system. .
The project cost $3. 5 million.
Natrel Tetra Pak, milk processor, juice producer. Lassonde Inc. and Recyc-
Quebec invested $1 million to fund it.
RCM also receives provincial wage subsidies for its employees.
As cekston of waterfall recovery notes, \"pay tribute to them for what they are doing, but again, it is heavily subsidized.
How sustainable would it be without subsidies?
At the same time, environmental affairs manager Elizabeth Comey said in lepack: \"I think the great thing about RCM is that we managed to find a local solution for Canada.
Obviously, it can only absorb a certain amount of volume.
\"If the RCM plant is successful, the packaging giant may invest in similar businesses elsewhere in Canada,\" she said.
This is part of the company\'s bid.
The consumer fate of its products matches energy
First of all, it saves the benefits and convenience of using it.
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