Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Paper Mills (UPM), the UAE’s leading paper recycler and subsidiary of M.A.H.Y. KHOORY Group of Companies, at Gulfood Manufacturing 2022, with the goal to increase the overall collection and recycling of used beverage cartons (UBC).
Under the MOU, Switzerland-based Tetra Pak will support UPM with UBC recycling capabilities including the necessary technology to adapt a pulping line that will be installed and operated at UPM premises located in Dubai.
Tetra Pak will also lend its support on the technical know-how for the recycling line as well as facilitate engagements between waste management companies and UPM. This will further increase the capacity and overall efficiency of the UBC collection, transportation, treatment, and recycling system.
“As the country’s leading paper recycler, UPM is well aware of the ground realities of recycling in the UAE. With the help of this new development, we will now be able to provide UBC collection and recycling solutions. Our partnership with Tetra Pak will enable us to raise public awareness about the reduction, classification, collection, and recycling of waste, thereby building a circular economy.”
Tetra Pak and UPM are looking to set an example for the industry with this partnership as it will better support the country’s sustainability ambition.
Mr. Niels Hougaard, Managing Director, of Tetra Pak Arabia Area said that “At Tetra Pak, we strongly believe in global and local partnerships in order to support the broader sustainability goals of the nation. Our partnership with UPM is a testament to our commitment to protecting the planet. The joint strengths of Tetra Pak and UPM will enhance the UAE’s sustainability quotient with regards to UBC recycling.”
As part of the MoU, UPM will procure and process UBC to extract and recycle fibers, which will then be utilized to produce recycled paperboard for packaging applications.