Hi all I know we have had this conversation on here before about tetra pack juice carton recycling as I was going past caister recycling centre I had some bits and pieces I called in and checked the situation on juice cartons and yes they are put in with cardboard so I asked the question why could we not put them in our green bins as they was being mixed at the centre no one seemed to know or care so I emailed the town hall they promptly answered my query and here is the email see what you make of it ---
The recycling that is placed in the green bin is sorted by the Main Recycling Facility at Costessey along with the kerbside recycling from all the other districts in Norfolk . They have established stable end- markets for each of the materials and all of the materials have destinations within the UK.
Unfortunately they are unable to accept the cardboard juice cartons (or tetra Pac’s) as they are a mixture of two materials and to maintain the price that they receive for sending this recyclate to our end destination it must be pure (cardboard only). The paper banks that you see dotted about the borough are also unable to accept these cartons for the same reason.
In 2011 the separate container for the cardboard beverage cartons was removed from Caister recycling centre (which is operated by Norfolk County Council) and because they have negotiated separately with their end destination, they are now able to accept a mix of materials.
I understand that this is not an ideal situation as we would like to make it as easy as possible for our residents to recycle and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the trouble to recycle your cartons through Caister.