Australia’s first beverage carton recycling plant opens

Packaging waste innovator saveBOARD has opened its $5.5 million beverage carton recycling facility in Warragamba, NSW.

The facility is the first-of-its-kind in Australia and has the capacity to process up to 4,000 tonnes of materials annually, marking an important step in advancing Australia’s circular economy.

With support from government and industry partner Tetra Pak Australia the facility will recycle used beverage cartons into a construction product that is a sturdy, lightweight alternative to plywood and can be used to build residential and commercial properties.

Paul Charteris, CEO and Co-Founder at saveBOARD, said it was exciting to finally be opening the first saveBOARD facility in Australia.

“This facility will enhance the construction industry’s drive towards more sustainable construction practices, while also showing consumers the importance and value in recycling and opting for recyclable products in their day-to-day lives.”

Andrew Pooch, Managing Director of Tetra Pak Australia and New Zealand, said they are proud to be part of this sustainability journey alongside saveBOARD.

“This is part of our ongoing sustainability commitment, as we look to enable more packaging to become 100 per cent recyclable or reusable, in line with the 2025 National Packaging Targets. By partnering with saveBOARD, we’re showing that innovation in recycling comes in many forms, and consumers can see first-hand how they can contribute to a more sustainable future.”

SaveBOARD plan to open another recycling facility in Campbellfield, Victoria in late 2024 after receiving $1 million in funding from the Victorian Government.

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