Recycle at School

To help pupils engage and bring carton recycling and the environment to life, we have a range of lesson plans, activities, toolkits and competitions available in our ‘Teacher zone’.

Click here to find out more about the Müller school milk prize draw.

One option for schools and nurseries looking to recycle their cartons is to contact their waste contractor to understand whether they can take them. It is possible that the contractor already uses the dedicated carton recycling plant in Halifax for carton recycling.

Depending on the services that your Local Authority offers, another option is that their contractor may already collect recyclable materials from your child’s school or nursery. It is worth checking whether they also accept cartons as part of their recycling service.

If contractors are not already collecting cartons and sending them to the UK recycling plant, then they can contact to obtain information on a suitable approach for recycling cartons, including possible commercial terms.

We can all do our bit to help the environment, not only through our own actions but by getting others involved as well. Over 90% of Local Authorities collect cartons for recycling and there are ways for schools to recycle their cartons too. Teaching kids about why recycling is important and getting as many of them as possible to recycle their cartons early on is a great way to get involved and help conserve the planet’s resources.

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Why Recycle?

Why Should Cartons Be Recycled?

Carton recycling is important for many reasons. The most important reason is that planet's resources are running out and recycling is one of the key ways we can help protect these resources. By recycling as many times as possible, not only do we reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, we can all help reduce our carbon footprint. Cartons are also a valuable resource to make a whole host of new and exciting things, so join us in calling people across the country to get Smart on Carton Recycling today.

The process

Getting Smart on Carton Recycling has the benefit of conserving the planet’s natural resources, and reducing waste sent to landfill. Furthermore by recycling cartons instead of sending them to landfill, we can lower our carbon footprint.

The Process

Cartons are a valuable source of raw materials, which can be used to make a whole host of new things. This is why we should all try to recycle our cartons! Below is a description of how cartons fed through the UK carton recycling plant are recycled as a step by step process:

  1. Baled cartons are dropped into a pulper, similar to a giant domestic food mixer,
  2. Water is added to the pulper, and
  3. The cartons and water are mixed for around 20 minutes
  4. Mixing cartons with water breaks down the packaging to produce a grey-brown mixture of aluminum foil, paper fibre and plastic
  5. The aluminium foil and plastic are separated from the paper fibre using sieves similar to a sieve used to drain rice or sieve sand,
  6. The paper fibre is recovered to make paperboard for new packaging materials such as card tubes, which can be used to make tubs for hot chocolate or gravy granules
  7. The remaining mix of plastic and aluminium can then be used in things like play mats and building materials.

Why choose cartons?

They are the smart environmental choice

Cartons are:

Low carbon: Tetra Pak cartons are predominantly made from a renewable raw material - paperboard, which is also produced mainly using renewable energy. This helps lower the carbon footprint of your package. Cartons are repeatedly shown to be a low carbon packaging choice in life cycle studies across the world.

Renewable: the paperboard in our cartons is made from a natural, renewable resource - wood. Renewable resources are natural resources that, if managed properly, are replaced by natural processes at a rate comparable to, or faster than, they are used up. This is especially important as our planet’s resources are running out.

Transport Efficient: Cartons are transport efficient before and after filling. They are lightweight and space efficient, meaning fewer trucks on the road!

Recyclable: Cartons are widely recyclable across the UK & Ireland. To find your nearest carton collection point, use the interactive map on

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They protect the goodness of the product inside…

Cartons can help keep out harmful light and air which can degrade the valuable minerals, vitamins, taste, colour and even smell of the drinks you buy.

For example, milk is a valuable source of Vitamin B2, (also known as riboflavin).

Vitamin B2 has a number of important jobs to do, from helping keep skin, eyes, the nervous system and mucous membranes healthy, to helping produce steroids and red blood cells. It may also help the body absorb iron from the food we eat.

Vitamin B2 is however sensitive to light, so it is great to know that the milk in cartons are protected from this to help keep the Vitamin B2 locked in!

Vitamin C is more sensitive to oxygen and you can clearly see how oxygen affects fruit when you cut it in half and see it start to turn brown. This is why our long life cartons are made up of special layers that help keep out the air, so the goodness inside is protected, until you need it, without the need for preservatives or refrigeration.

They are easy to use; anytime, anywhere

Cartons come in a whole range of shapes and sizes, with a variety of easy to use caps, closures and straw solutions to suit your every need. Our long life cartons protect the goodness of the product without the need for preservatives or refrigeration, until they are opened, meaning that they are great when you are out and about or short of fridge space, but always need a back up.

Our rectangular school milk packs are the perfect size to ensure kids get their daily dose of dairy and all the goodness that brings, they are easy for little hands to hold and the use of straws helps minimise any mess.

Not only that, after the kids are done, the cartons are easy to squash flat, helping to save space in recycling bins.