Drinks cartons (the ‘D’ in PMD) are collected from your home via the blue PMD bag. They were specifically designed to store dairy products, fruit juices, soups and sauces as well as possible. These are special packaging forms, made up of cardboard, a layer of polyethylene and sometimes a thin layer of aluminium. The components are separated during the recycling process and recycled or valorised individually. In addition, the plastic lids are also recycled separately.

Drankkartons

Why recycle drinks cartons?

Drinks cartons consist of three materials that can perfectly well be separated and recycled: cardboard, plastic and aluminium. The pulp from drinks cartons provides long, high-quality fibres. Good recycling solutions are available for plastics and aluminium, too.

 

Good sorting = better recycling

For the recycling process to go as smoothly as possible, it is important to sort drinks cartons carefully. And for that, we rely on you, too!

 

This is how it works

 
  1. Collecting from your home

    You can put drinks cartons in the PMD bag, which is then collected from your home. That is not only convenient, but it also guarantees maximum recycling.
     
  2. Sorting

    The drinks cartons are mostly sorted automatically in the sorting centre by means of an optical separator based on the quantity of fibres they contain.
     
  3. Recycling

    Just like old paper, the drinks cartons are mixed with water to make pulp. This is done in a so-called pulper, a tub with a rotating paddle underneath or a rotating drum. The water soaks off the cardboard fibres, and the plastic and aluminium layers come loose, as well. The cardboard fibres are then further recycled in the same way as paper and cardboard.
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    Applications

     

    Drink carton fibres are whiter and stronger than those of other recycled paper and cardboard flows. As a result, they are mainly used to make hygiene paper products such as household rolls, toilet paper and napkins.

    The plastics and aluminium are recycled as much as possible, too. They are also used together as PolyAl for specific applications.

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