Turning carton packaging into raw material

Carton taken to a Rinki eco take-back point is transported to a warehouse for baling. The bales are transported to a carton mill to be used as raw material, and carton fibre as well as plastic and aluminium coatings are separated from the carton.

The coating removed from carton fibre is mainly plastic. The coating is dried and taken to a power plant for energy production. Some of the aluminium coating in the carton packaging is separated and recycled as a raw material for new products.

Recycled carton is turned into, for example:

  • material for corrugated cardboard
  • packaging cardboard
  • envelopes
  • laminated paper
  • various types of cores.

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How carefully do I need to clean carton packaging?

Remove any food so that no food remains on the packaging. Drain milk or other liquid from the carton. Rinse the packaging quickly with cold water. Please allow the packaging to dry out a little before placing it into the take-back container.

Why do I have to flatten carton packaging and put them into one packaging? It’s too much trouble.

Carton packaging, such as cardboard boxes, is light but takes up a lot of room in a container. In order to avoid transporting fresh air, it is a good idea to flatten the packaging. The smaller the packaging that is placed in the container, the more waste the container can hold. This means that more packaging can be transported in one go, and this reduces the number of transport journeys.
So in the long run, it is worth flattening the packaging as this small effort saves emissions from transport.

When you take cardboard packaging to the collection container, make sure that the container fills evenly. Often the carton container fills only from the front edge, blocking the entrance of the container.