How Cartons Are Recycled A step by step process:

  1. Baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant domestic food mixer,
  2. filled with water, and
  3. pulped for around 20 minutes.
  4. This breaks down the packaging to produce a grey-brown mixture.
  5. The aluminium foil and polyethylene are separated from the fibre,
  6. The fibre is recovered to make new paper products.
  7. The remaining mix of plastic and aluminium can then be used in furniture,
  8. to generate energy or even separated out into pure aluminium and paraffin.