Composite paper recycling: one step towards the client

How often do your customers order a takeaway drink in a paper cup? Do your employees often use them to drink coffee in the office? We will answer for you: never. Because all these cups are made of composite paper. They also have a plastic impregnation so that the liquid does not leak.

What is composite paper
Composite paper packaging is familiar to everyone: Tetra Pak, disposable coffee cups in which you sell drinks, disposable dishware. Most importantly, this is not paper, but a complex, multi-component material. 

Benefits of composite paper packaging
Composite paper is a practical material. It is much lighter than glass and metal, and keeps the drink fresh for longer. Tetra Pak, for example, is manufactured and sealed under sterile conditions to prevent any contact with bacteria. So the product stays “alive” longer.
Disposable cups are a very convenient solution for coffee shops, catering outlets and offices. When a customer or employee doesn't feel like taking their own mug, they can take advantage of the convenient option of a takeaway drink in a cup made of composite paper.

Disadvantages of Composite Paper Packaging
This is a difficult-to-recycle and an atypical recyclable material: there are only a few composite paper recycling facilities in Russia. Tetra Pack consists of 6-9 layers: paper, aluminum and plastic. Cups and dishware are made of paper and plastic. To recycle this material, the components shall be separated from each other and recycled each separately. Do you think it's difficult? Not for us.

Disadvantages of the material into advantages for the business
Zeronix has the solution for this complex material. Yes, we can recycle it! The Composite Paper Recycling Center is one of the key projects of our company. Here we sort and recycle waste composite paper - with care for the environment. 

We use the method of dry defibration, recycling the composite paper to cellulose fiber and polyaluminum. Each material becomes a valuable resource for the production of new wares. We examined the obtained "dry" cellulose fiber: its properties are as close as possible to the primary cellulose and exceeds those of waste paper. The inertial separation directly from the dissolution zone allows you to save the original parameters of the fibers and does not damage them. This means that such a cellulose fiber can and should be used to produce new products.

Cellulose fiber is used for the production of:
  • cast containers
  • paper
  • HPL panels
  • ecowool
  • cardboard
  • kraft paper
  • dry mix additives
  • cellulosic additives in asphalt concrete
  • cellulose sorbents

Polyaluminium is used for the production of:
  • pipes and accessories
  • polymer-sand products
  • additives in asphalt mixes
  • souvenir products
  • fasteners
  • aluminum composite panels
  • stationery
  • super concentrate additives

Why it’s important for business
Business is customers. Clients are people. A 2021 study shows that more than a third of consumers are willing to pay extra for products from manufacturers committed to sustainability.
Implementing environmental initiatives in your business brings profit. Separate waste collection and recycling of waste will help reduce costs, attract new customers, increase the loyalty of the existing ones.

Responsible waste management is a step towards a sustainable business and loyal customers.