Australia’s first beverage carton recycling facility opens in NSW

Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen


A new recycling facility has opened in Australia, designed to convert beverage carton packaging waste into useful materials.

Established by packaging waste innovator SaveBoard, the new $5.5 million facility can process up to 4000 tonnes of materials per year and can run with up to 12 local employees.

The new facility is a collaboration between Beverage Cartons and the Environment (Grace), SaveBoard, and its partner Freightways.

At the opening ceremony, the CEO and co-founder of SaveBoard, Paul Charteris, said the project will “enhance the construction industry’s drive towards more sustainable construction practices” and educate consumers about the importance of recycling.

Australia’s first beverage carton recycling facility opens in NSW
Paul Charteris, CEO & co-founder of SaveBoard and Andrew Pooch, MD of Tetra Pak AU & NZ at Australia’s first recycling facility.

The facility’s launch represents a significant step forward for carton recycling and enabling a circular economy in Australia.

Global packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak, which partnered with SaveBoard on the project, praised the initiative as part of its ongoing sustainability commitment, with the goal of enabling more packaging to become 100 per cent recyclable or reusable by 2025.

This new facility is just the beginning for SaveBoard, as the company plans to open another beverage carton recycling facility in Campbellfield, Victoria, in late 2024, after receiving a $1 million funding boost from the Victorian Government.

SaveBoard was founded to address the growing issue of packaging waste by putting into practice tried-and-true, scalable upcycling techniques that convert locally gathered waste into widely dispersed, high-performing, low-carbon building materials.

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Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen is a graduate of Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities with a major in English linguistics and literature. She is a writing enthusiast with a passion for culture, languages, and the environment.


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