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From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV)
Date: Wed Jun 25 1997 - 08:50:00 EDT


Date: Wed, 25 Jun 97 13:50 WET DST
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Recycle of tetra brik containers (Regina de De la Vega)

June 25, 1997

Dear Regina ddlV,

The literature on the recycling of asceptic containers is rather small. Moreover, you describe them as cardboard in the tetrabrik form, which I think is wrong. In the US asceptic containers are layered containers of paper, plastic and foil, a multimaterial making for much more difficult reprocessing. However, here s the literature that we know of:
 Handling difficult materials: Aseptic Packaging by Kristin Lieb, in Waste Age Magazine, March, 1994.

 Cartons seek recycling niche by Daniel Sandoval, in Recycling Today, July, 1993.

 Testimony of Jeanne Wirka, Environmental Action Foundation in opposition to LD 1427 and concerning environmental claims made by the aseptic packaging industry April 19, 1991. That and other materials are available from ENACT at 25 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036

You should also see what the trade association for this industry says, although, I must say that I ve never found them to be very scientific about their subject: Aseptic Packaging Council, 1000 Potomoc St., NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20007 (if they are still in business).

Further, the WARMER Bulletin, publication of the World Resource Federation, Bridge House, High St., Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DP, UK, has had some articles on aseptic and tetra pak recycling over tha last 6 or so years.

Hope that this helps.

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