Total recycling of packaging wastes
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The paperboard used to make plasterboard is produced from packaging wastes. Today, even the non-recyclable fraction of packaging is burned to produce steam.
The paperboard component of plasterboard has been made from* household packaging waste in Örebro since 1997. However, treatment of waste packaging (including liquid board from milk, juice and food packs) leaves a non-recyclable residue, which has to be disposed of in landfills.
In 2001, the Örebro plant installed a new boiler designed to burn residual wastes. All the steam released during combustion is recovered for use in plasterboard production.
Each year, the Örebro plant produces 50,000 metric tons of paperboard from recycled packaging, for use in making plasterboard. Thanks to the new boiler installation, even residual waste can be reused. Energy costs are lower, fossil resources are conserved, and landfilling is avoided.
Objectives of the Good Practice
To recycle household packaging waste to make the paperboard for the surface of plasterboard.
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Funding of the Good Practice
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Data sources and references
(Accessed March 23, 2010)