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From: Janet Clark <clarkjan@turi.org>
Subject: Re: Juice Boxes

Hi Techers,
A friend in industrial ecology asked me to send this.
Janet Clark
>There is an effort underway to open a paper mill in Massachusetts that will
>use the fiber from aseptic packaging and lottery tickets as their
>feedstock. For mor information, call Dale Gubbels, New Horizon, at
>860-844-8339 or email at dgubbels@cwix.com
>At 12:04 PM 4/8/99 -0400, you wrote:
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>>>To: "Hollash, JoAnne" <Hollash.JoAnne@dep.state.pa.us>,
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>>>From: Reid Lifset <pswp@yale.edu>
>>>Subject: Re: Juice Boxes
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>>>Juiceboxes (aka drinkboxes aka aseptic packaging) were a flashpoint in
>>>solid waste politics for much of the early to mid-1990s because they
>>>displaced otherwise conventionally recyclable beverage containers. The
>>>industry responded to public objections and threats of local bans by
>>>starting and, I think, sometimes subsidizing recycling pilot projects. It
>>>turns out that the paper in juice boxes is composed of high quality fiber,
>>>making it a valuable secondary material. And the paper is readily
>>>separated from the other constituents through hydropulping. While I have
>>>not followed this issue closely for several years, my understanding is that
>>>the problem for economic feasibility of juice box recycling was quantity --
>>>that the tonnage of juice boxes was too small to amortize the cost of
>>>collection/sorting or other capital investment. One strategy was to add
>>>polycoated gabletop milk cartons (aka cardboard milk cartons) to the mix.
>>>I know that Resource Recovery Systems, a recycling processor (MRF operator)
>>>of central Connecticut recycled juices boxes (860-767-7057). I don't know
>>>if they still do so.
>>>One resource for info on this topic is the Aseptic Packaging Council
>>>You should also get the perspective of a municipality that has worked on
>>>this issue. Try posting a notice to the RECYCLE listserv or contacting the
>>>National Recycling Coalition <
>>>Good luck with your effort.
>>>Reid Lifset
>>>At 09:17 AM 4/6/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>>>In response to an inquiry from one of my colleagues in the PA
Department of
>>>>Environmental Protection, we are seeking an alternative to landfilling
>>>>boxes from a processor in Pennsylvania.
>>>>To describe the producers' situation, the firm:
>>>> - purchases the boxes pre-printed and in a long continuous "
>>>> - folds the bottom of the box prior to filling with juice,
>>>> - dispenses the juice into the box and seals it.
>>>> - However, a few boxes fold improperly and are rejected.
>>>>The boxes are seven layers of paper, plastics and metal. The juice
>>>>processor has adopted quality control measures to reduce the numbers of
>>>>reject boxes. The food processor would like to find a recyclerr in PA
>or in
>>>>a state bordering southern or eastern PA if possible. There is not enough
>>>>tonnage of waste boxes to transport for any distance. One suggestion
is to
>>>>find out if the pre-printed carton manufacturer sends rejected lots to a
>>>>recycler. Perhaps the carton manufacturer can accept returned clean boxes
>>>>to send to its recycler.
>>>>Another waste is heavy cardboard-like cores that hold the preprinted box
>>>>paper. These are about 8 inches long and are very dense. Will these
>>>>recycle? Since these contact cood cartons, I am not sure the cores
>would be
>>>>able to be reused by the pre-printed box manufacturer.
>>>>Of course other waste reduction suggestions would be presented to the
>>>>processor as well.
>>>> Jo Anne Hollash PA DEP - OPPCA 15th FL, RCSOB P. O. Box
>>>>8772 Harrisburg, PA 17105-8772
>>>> Voice 717-787-0121 Fax 717-783-2703 E-mail
>>>> Please visit our Web Site:
>>>>Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow
>>>>to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.
>>>>-- Buckminster Fuller
>>>Program on Solid Waste Policy
>>>School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
>>>Yale University
>>>205 Prospect Street
>>>New Haven,CT 06511-2189 USA
>>>203-432-3253 (telephone)
>>>203-432-5912 (fax)
>Jodie Siegel
>Chelsea Center for Recycling and Economic Development
>180 Second Street
>Chelsea, MA 02150
>tel 617-884-4324
>fax 617-887-0399