Tetra Pak signs first ever joint project with a local paper mill

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Officials of Tetra Pak and OPI at the recent signing ceremony. — Courtesy photo

TETRA PAK, the global leader in food processing and packaging solutions, has signed its first recycling contract in Saudi Arabia with OPI (Obeikan Paper Industries).

OPI is a Saudi-based paper mill located in Riyadh, producing 180 thousand tons of duplex board annually, used in a variety of high quality products such as tissue paper and cereal boxes among others.

This is an industry-first joint initiative with a paper mill in Arabia and it is expected that by 2020, OPI will be recycling approximately 6,000 tons of used beverage cartons annually.

Tetra Pak has always been at the forefront of recycling and considers post-consumer recycling an integral part of its environmental agenda.

“While we do not own or operate collection infrastructure or recycling plants, we make specific investments, provide technical expertise and share the experience gained globally with recycling partners around the world.

“We also cooperate with all key stakeholders, public institutions, waste management and collection companies, NGO’s, retailers and our customers to make recycling work” said Niels Hougaard, managing director & cluster leader sales management Tetra Pak Arabia Area.

Hussam Naseer, environment manager Tetra Pak Arabia Area, said, “By facilitating the collection and recycling of used beverage cartons, we can turn them into valuable raw materials for new products. Through this process we protect natural resources, reduce waste and climate impact. We believe recycling is an investment in our future and a competitive advantage for our customers.”

This strategic agreement demonstrates our commitment to driving environmental excellence across the value chain and also contributes to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. — SG


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