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Recycling

In the Czech Republic there are two methods used for processing wasted beverage cartons. First, they are processed in paper mills as they contain paper fibres of high quality. Paper mills process the cartons in the same way as scrap paper – by converting them into paper stock by boiling in water. Paper fibres are used for the production of new paper products, while aluminium and polyethylene are separated and used, e.g., as auxiliary fuel in cement works or in other applications. Alternatively, used beverage cartons can be utilised for the manufacture of construction and insulation boards in the building industry. If it is the case, the sorted beverage cartons are disintegrated, washed, dried and pressed to form the boards at a temperature of about 200 °C. The boards feature properties similar to plasterboards and find similar applications, too.

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