It’s a lump of money if you use it well, but just throw it away?…A precious transformation of the common ‘sterilization pack’ 

Eco-green roll toilet paper토스카지노, which Ssangyong C&B, famous for its Cody toilet paper brand, has been putting on the market since last month contains ingredients that were treated as waste to be incinerated until recently. It is recycling sterilization packs and mixing 10% of them with toilet paper.

Sterile packs, which are mainly used as containers for protein beverages, are increasing in use as the consumption of protein beverages increases. However, due to the nature of sterilized packs that undergo special treatment, unlike general packs, they have been mainly incinerated due to the lack of recycling infrastructure. However, recently they have found a way to recycle it.

Ssangyong C&B paid attention to the increase in production of sterilized packs and expanded the range of recycling resources by mixing sterilized packs with existing products. The sterilized pack mixing rate was only 5% last year, but after continuous research, it increased to 8% in March and 10% in April. The types of toilet paper are also diversifying, such as expanding to jumbo rolls.

An industry insider said, “Sterilized packs are a resource with a very high recycling value made using high-quality pulp.” The production of sterilized packs this year is estimated to be about 34,860 tons, and it is predicted that by 2025, it will be close to 37,000 tons.

In fact, sterilized packs have not been recycled well due to lack of infrastructure. This is because it is not easy to change the recycling system established around general packs. The general pack familiar to consumers is polyethylene ( PE ), a vinyl material to protect beverages.) are mixed. In addition, due to the wet steel treatment that strengthens moisture resistance, the dissociation process, which is the process of dissolving bonds between raw materials, is long and various chemical treatments are required, so the recycling process takes relatively much time and money.

On the other hand, sterilization packs have a multi-layer structure with an aluminum foil layer to block light and oxygen, and are made of 100% recyclable raw materials. The dissociation process is shorter than that of ordinary packs and requires little chemical treatment. However, it is smaller than other packaging materials and emits less, so there is a lack of separate discharge and sorting infrastructure. As a result, it is still treated as combustible waste rather than a major paper resource in the market.

In addition, the main recycling method of paper packs is toilet paper, and unlike normal packs, which have a bright color of extracted fibers, sterilized packs are not bleached and are yellow. Professor Ryu Jeong-yong of the Changgang Paper Research Institute said that the higher price of white toilet paper is also the reason why sterilized pack recycling is not done well.

Products using sterilized packs.
In the midst of this, companies such as Ssangyong C&B are also showing interest in recycling packs. Ssangyong C&B ‘s vinyl laminating equipment can also recycle sterilized packs. After going through this facility, sterilized packs made of paper, polyethylene, and aluminum are divided into paper that can be used as toilet paper and polyAl, a plastic-aluminum composite material that can be used to make pallets for logistics and food and beverage transport boxes, and processed . The sterilized pack processed in this way is about 15 tons per month. About 8.5 tons of pulp can be saved by using recycled sterilized pack paper raw material used every month, which is equivalent to saving 170 trees every month.

Other companies are also making efforts to recycle sterilized packs. Tetra Pak, a leading company in aseptic packaging technology, is operating an IoT paper pack collection box business for proper separation and collection of sterilized packs . Since 2018, collection boxes have been installed in apartment houses and hypermarkets in association with local governments and startups, and more than 300 are currently in operation in 20 cities including Seoul, Busan, and Gyeonggi-do. The number of service users is about 40,000.

Since two years ago, about 400 natural dream stores operated by iCOOP KOREA have provided 1,000 separate collection boxes that separate and discharge regular and sterilized packs. iCOOP KOREA accounted for 90% of the total collection of sterilized packs last year.

Since the end of 2021, Tetra Pak has also been operating a paper pack recovery program using courier services with the Ministry of Environment, Maeil Dairies, Jung Foods, Sahmyook Foods, and Seoul Milk Cooperative. Consumers collect washed sterilized packs and send them to Doctor Housewife by courier, and recycling companies process them.

The collected sterilized packs are tied up for convenient delivery to recycling companies.
Last year, the Korea Sterilized Pack Recycling Association ( KACRA ) was also established with the intention of increasing the recycling rate of sterilized packs . Tetra Pak is also included in this association. In order to supply high-quality sterilized packs, the association is engaged in activities such as linking Ssangyong C&B with recovery sorting companies that can provide stable supply. The association aims to increase the recycling rate of sterilized packs from the current 20% to 70% by 2030.

An official from the food industry said, “As eco-friendliness has become a hot topic, more consumers are considering the environmental factors of the products they use.”

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