This is how it works
- 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.
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.
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.
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.