Tetra Pak enters into new collaboration with UAE’s UPM

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Tetra Pak new collaboration with UPM
Officials during the signing ceremony.

Tetra Pak and Union Paper Mills (UPM) have entered the next stage of their partnership, marked by the signing of a ground-breaking $680,800 (AED 2.5 million) recycling agreement aimed at establishing a commercially viable collection and recycling value chain for used beverage cartons (UBC) in the UAE.

This milestone agreement represents a significant step towards developing Circular Economies in the UAE, showcasing the commitment of Tetra Pak and UPM to environmental sustainability and responsible business practices.

A memorandum of understanding was signed in November last year and has paved the way for significant progress in identifying the technical and investment needs for the recycling of UBC in the UAE.

Since the signing of the MoU, Tetra Pak, and UPM have engaged in extensive collaboration, including technical assessments, recycling expert visits from abroad, numerous meetings, and industrial trials with carton packages collected from local dairy producers.

Mr. Niels Hougaard, Managing Director of Tetra Pak Arabia Area, said that, “This project is our way to demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and collaborative innovation in the region. We strongly believe that we all have a role to play in our battle against climate change. Tetra Pak’s strategy aims to involve waste management and collection companies, to reach out to potential partners in the region, and to collaborate with our customers and schools to raise awareness about waste segregation and recycling. By involving diverse stakeholders, we aim to create a comprehensive and effective recycling ecosystem.”

The formalization of this first-of-its-kind partnership outlined Tetra Pak’s investments in capital expenditures (CAPEX) for new equipment to be installed at UPM. Recycling targets and key performance indicators (KPIs) are defined and agreed upon, as well as areas of collaboration in developing the collection and recycling of UBC in the UAE are identified, as per the statement.

“As the pioneer and largest paper recycler in the UAE, sustainability is at the core of what we do. This new collaboration with Tetra Pak supports our sustainable growth plans, enhancing our recycling capabilities to process UBC and obtain high-quality raw materials for our operations while supporting the UAE’s ambitions to increase recycling,” commented Mr. Salahhaldin Sharafi, Chairman of MAHY Khoory Group, which owns UPM.

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