Website Terms of Use

You have accessed (the Website) operated by Tetra Pak UK & Ireland (Tetra Pak). Use of the Website is subject to these Terms of Use (Terms). By using the Website, you agree that you accept these Terms and that you agree to abide by them. We may amend these Terms at any time.

Copyright & Intellectual property

The copyright and the intellectual property rights in the Website are owned by Tetra Pak except where the intellectual property rights of a third party exists, e.g. all other trademarks, logos, hypertext links or other intellectual property displayed on the Website (registered or otherwise) and are protected by copyright laws. All such rights are reserved.

Exclusions & Limitations of Liability

Although Tetra Pak has made every reasonable effort and acted in good faith to ensure that information provided is accurate and not misleading at time of inclusion, Tetra Pak makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, concerning the accuracy or any other information obtained directly or indirectly from the Website.

Owing to the nature of the Internet Tetra Pak cannot guarantee that this website (or the websites to which it is linked) will always be available to users. Tetra Pak will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by viruses or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of the Website or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or on any website linked to it.

Tetra Pak shall not be liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the Website and any decision based on information contained in it is the sole responsibility of the user. Where you rely on any information or other material contained in the Website, you do so entirely at your own risk. Tetra Pak excludes all liability whatever, to the fullest extent permitted by law, in respect of any loss or damage of whatever nature and however arising through access to or downloading the use of or reliance on, directly or indirectly so, any of the information contained in the Website or any material or content accessed through it.

Tetra Pak reserves the right to move, alter or make changes or corrections to the Website at any time without notice.

Any views, opinions and comments posted on the Website are not necessarily the views, opinions and comments of Tetra Pak.

Website access & use

Your access to the Website is on a temporary basis and Tetra Pak reserves the right to withdraw, restrict or amend the services without notice at our absolute discretion. By accessing this site you agree:

  • not to use the Website in such a way that disrupts, interferes with or restricts the use of it by other users;
  • not to post, transmit or disseminate any materials through the Website which are false, offensive, threatening, harmful, obscene, defamatory or otherwise illegal or which infringe the rights of any other;
  • not to use any software, routine or device to interfere or attempt to interfere electronically or manually with the operation or functionality of this website or attempt to transmit to or via this website any information that contains a virus, worm, trojan horse or other harmful or disruptive component; and
  • not to change, modify, delete, interfere with or misuse data contained on the Website and entered by or relating to any third party user of this website.

You may view, use, download and store the content of the Website for personal use only, provided that no trademark, copyright or other proprietary notices contained in or appearing on such material are removed in whole or in part. The content of the Website may not otherwise be copied, reproduced or redistributed in whole or in part, or used for public, commercial or financial purposes without Tetra Pak’s prior written consent. All other rights are reserved and users must seek Tetra Pak’s permission before making any other use of material contained in the Website.

Privacy Policy

If you supply personal details to Tetra Pak or to a third party promotor through the Website then you consent to our maintaining, recording, holding and using such personal data in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

Prize Draws & Competitions

Prize draws and competitions through the Website are subject to the Promotor’s own Terms & Conditions only. If Tetra Pak is not the Promoter, Tetra Pak does not assume any responsibility for the prize draws and competitions through the Website.

Tetra Pak accepts no responsibility for entries or communications that are misdirected, lost, delayed, damaged, corrupted or not received during delivery to or from the Promoter due to any transmission, network or software problems, computer malfunction, virus, bug, delay or any other reason whatsoever. Tetra Pak will not be responsible for defects or malfunctions in the operation of the Website howsoever caused which affect the operation of any promotions and/or for any loss or damage that may arise from competition and prize draw entrants’ use of the website.

Regardless of whether Tetra Pak is the Promoter or not, Tetra Pak will not be liable for non-delivery of any prize caused by the provision of wrong information, postal disputes or other causes beyond its control. To the fullest extent possible by law, Tetra Pak shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered or sustained by any entrant or Prize Winner as a result of an entrant’s and/or Prize Winner’s participation in the prize draw or competition, redemption of the prize or any other loss or damage in connection with or in any way relating to a prize. A cash alternative will not be offered for prize draws and competitions where Tetra Pak is the Promoter.

Tetra Pak does not take responsibility for, recommend or guarantee the performance of any contractual or other obligations of any third parties associated with the prize and shall not be liable for any acts or omissions (including fraud) by any third party.


Your use of this website and these terms of use shall be governed by, construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and any dispute arising out of the accessing or use of this website shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts.


In the event of any comments or questions concerning these terms of use, or have any concerns about material which appears on our Website or would like further information, please contact and complete the appropriate form.

Why Recycle?

Why Should Cartons Be Recycled?

Carton recycling is important for many reasons. The most important reason is that planet's resources are running out and recycling is one of the key ways we can help protect these resources. By recycling as many times as possible, not only do we reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, we can all help reduce our carbon footprint. Cartons are also a valuable source of raw materials, which can be used to make a whole host of new things, so join us in calling people across the country to get Smart on Carton Recycling today.

The Carton Recycling Process

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The Process

Below is a description of how cartons fed through the UK carton recycling factory are recycled as a step by step process:

  1. Baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant domestic food mixer,
  2. Water is added to the pulper, and
  3. The cartons and water are mixed for around 20 minutes
  4. Mixing cartons with water breaks down the packaging to produce a grey-brown mixture of aluminum foil, paper fibre and plastic
  5. The aluminium foil and plastic are separated from the paper fibre using sieves similar to a sieve used to drain rice or sieve sand
  6. The paper fibre is recovered to make paperboard for new packaging materials such as card tubes, which can be used to make tubs for hot chocolate or gravy granules
  7. The remaining mix of plastic and aluminium can then be used in things like play mats and building materials.

The UK carton recycling factory is run by the beverage carton trade association ACE UK and the paper mill operator Sonoco Alcore. Tetra Pak is a founding member of ACE UK. Watch ACE UK’s video on carton recycling in the UK below.

Why choose cartons?

They are the smart environmental choice

Cartons are:

Renewable: they are predominantly made from paperboard which in turn is made from the natural renewable raw material – wood. Renewable resources are natural resources that, if managed properly, are replaced by natural processes at a rate comparable to, or faster than, they are used up. This is especially important as our planet’s resources are running out.

Transport Efficient: Cartons are transport efficient before and after filling. They are lightweight and space efficient, meaning fewer trucks on the road!

Low carbon: the wood used to make the paperboard in cartons is a renewable and the paperboard is produced from wood mainly using renewable energy. This helps lower the carbon footprint of your package. Cartons are repeatedly shown to be a low carbon packaging choice in life cycle studies across the world.

Recyclable: Cartons are widely recyclable across the UK & Ireland. To find your nearest carton collection point, use the interactive map on

They protect the goodness of the product inside… Cartons can help keep out harmful light and air which can degrade the valuable minerals, vitamins, taste, colour and even smell of the drinks you buy. For example, milk is a valuable source of Vitamin B2, (also known as riboflavin).

Vitamin B2 has a number of important jobs to do, from helping keep skin, eyes, the nervous system and mucous membranes healthy, to helping produce steroids and red blood cells. It may also help the body absorb iron from the food we eat.

Vitamin B2 is however sensitive to light, so it is great to know that the milk in cartons are protected from this to help keep the Vitamin B2 locked in!

Vitamin C is more sensitive to oxygen and you can clearly see how oxygen affects fruit when you cut it in half and see it start to turn brown. This is why our long life cartons are made up of special layers that help keep out the air, so the goodness inside is protected, until you need it, without the need for preservatives or refrigeration. Further information

They are easy to use; anytime, anywhere: Cartons come in a whole range of shapes and sizes, with a variety of easy to use caps, closures and straw solutions to suit your every need. Our long life cartons protect the goodness of the product without the need for preservatives or refrigeration, until they are opened, meaning that they are great when you are out and about or short of fridge space, but always need a back up.

Our rectangular school milk packs are the perfect size to ensure kids get their daily dose of dairy and all the goodness that brings, they are easy for little hands to hold and the use of straws helps minimise any mess.

Not only that, after the kids are done, the cartons are easy to squash flat, helping to save space in recycling bins.

Straws: Straws are easy to use and help children and adults drink from the carton anytime anywhere. Once the straw has been used it is important to ensure that the straw is recycled.

A carton and straw sent to the UK recycling factory would result in the straw coming out of the recycling factory with the other plastics and aluminium which can be later recycled into new things.  Leaving the straw in the carton and placing the carton and straw in the correct recycling bin is the best thing you can do to help ensure that straws are recycled. The person collecting the bin will then need to ensure that its contents is sent to the UK carton recycling factory.

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