Tetra Pak & Stora Enso to triple beverage cartons’ recycling in Poland

Both companies aim to provide circular solutions to the market

Tetra Pak & Stora Enso partners to triple beverage cartons’ recycling capacity
Recycled beverage carton having repulping line

Tetra Pak and Stora Enso’s partnership follows a comprehensive feasibility study, which saw 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 the entire volume of beverage cartons sold in the country and neighboring countries, including Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic

Tetra Pak along with Plastigram to invest in building an additional repulping line

The total investment is €29.1 million. Stora Enso will invest €17 million into a new repulping line that will recover the carton fibers, while Tetra Pak, along with Plastigram, will invest a total of €12.1 million to build an additional line. This will recover and separately recycle the polymers and the aluminium using a patented separation technology. Both lines will be operational by 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 separated polymers and aluminium will be given new life in the form of different kinds of products, such as crates and foils.  

The investment aims to contribute to the development of a circular economy at a country level. It will also be fully aligned with the European Green Deal. The collected cartons will be managed environmentally soundly, making full use of the materials resulting from the recycling process. 

Charles Brand, President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia
Charles Brand, President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia

“Today, carton packages are recyclable. They are collected and recycled at a scale where waste management and recycling infrastructure are in place. But for us, that’s not enough. We are seeking opportunities across the entire recycling value chain to improve how cartons get recycled and to develop solutions that effectively recycle all packaging components, including polymers and aluminium. Therefore, I am very proud of this investment as well as of the strong partnership with Stora Enso that made this advancement possible. Collaborative action is key to realize our ultimate ambition – a world where all carton packages are collected, recycled, and never become litter,” says Charles Brand, President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia.  

Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Packaging Materials division
Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Packaging Materials division

“Stora Enso delivers packaging materials produced from renewable sources. With this development, we can advance towards a greater degree of recyclability, a critical factor in enabling a circular bioeconomy. We are delighted to join forces with Tetra Pak in what will be another important milestone towards the fully circular future we expect to realize. Moreover, as EU collection systems continue to evolve, the project holds potential to increase capacity for future excess volumes,” says Hannu Kasurinen, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Packaging Materials division.  


The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

It is the right time to support our high-impact reporting and authoritative and technical information with some of the best correspondents in the industry. Readers can power Packaging South Asia’s balanced industry journalism and help sustain us by subscribing.

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here