I am concerned about your packaging.
It is not clear if it is possible how to recycle the package.
Please explain?
CLAUDIA WILLIAMS Report inappropriate content


  • Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    It's great that you want to recycle the packaging correctly. Our packages are fully recyclable, however, what makes a material recyclable is whether the infrastructure (sorting and collection) is in place and the material can be recycled using existing technologies. This may therefore differ depending on the area in which you live. 

    We have chosen Tetra Pak packaging for our products and over 90% of UK local authorities have recylcing spots for Tetra Pak. Hopefully that will reach 100% soon! You can look up on the Tetra Pak website where your closest recycling point is here .

    All the best
  • How exactly do you do this? The spout as you know is plastic. The rest is mixed. How do YOU do this? Practically.  It is mixed plastic and all sorts .Your reply not helpful.
  • Hi Claudia,

    I'm sorry for not answering your question clearly. When recycling a Tetra Pak carton you do not need to separate out the materials. It only needs to be rinsed clean. The plastic cap and ring pull can be added to your regular plastic recycling. The Tetra Pak recycling process seperates out the materials as shown here and explained in more detail here.

    The link in my previous message will show you how to sort the carton according to your local authority (which colour bin to put it in if home collection is taking place or, if not, where to take it to).

    I hope this answers your question. If not or if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get back in touch!

    All the best
  • so do you really expect everyone who buys oatly to get a pair of scissors and cut out the plastic - no other way of easily getting it out- to do this? Is there
    who is in charge of this at Oatly? thanks
  • Hi Claudia,

    The Tetra Pak recycling system separates out the materials that are in the cartons. This means that you do not need to separate out the plastic yourself. The Tetra Pak system is designed to ensure the materials in the cartons can be separated by them and recycled.

    All the best
  • Thanks for the information so far.

    You say 90% of local authorities have recycling spots for tetra pak packaging. In Merseyside, where I live, that is true. But to get to the local tip I would need to drive 3 miles, and we don’t own a car (because we car about the environment) And we’d have to store up used Tetra Pak cartons... Are you seriously suggesting this is viable? Does *anyone* do this?

    What percentage of local authorities offer *household* collection of Tetra Pak? That is the number that matters if you actually want your cartons to get recycled.

    I am mega keen to switching from dairy to oatly for its environmental impact but given the practical impossibility of recycling the cartons, it seems it could be *worse* !

    To quote your carton: “Thank you for choosing a good package that protects its contents naturally and is easy to recycle.”

    Easy to recycle? Literally anything else would be easier: glass, plastic, aluminium! How can you make this claim?

    I really like the Oatly brand and mission but I feel your choice of packaging - and these misleading words - undermine you.

    Please, please consider a practically recyclable alternative!

    Paul F
  • Hi Paul,

    Thank you for your feedback and your concerns are absolutely valid. The current amount of local authorities supporting household collection of Tetra Pak cartons is 65% percent. We absolutely want this number to increase, however it needs to be a joint effort from the local authorities and Tetra Pak.

    We think Tetra Pak is the most sustainable option for our packaging for a number of reasons. Today no glass bottle is made out of 100% recycled material. The average amount of recycled glass used in glass packaging today is 52% in Europe and 40% in the UK (2016) according to FEVE (the European Federation of glass packaging and glass tableware makers). This means that the bottles are still made to a large part of virgin material, that are heavy and resource demanding to produce. In order to use glass bottles we would have to set up our own logistics, handling, reuse and cleaning which is much too resource heavy and complicated.

    We have chosen to look at the total climate impact of packaging. Our reduction target is 25% before 2020. The most important parameter as we see it, is to increase the renewable content. Today we are at 84% renewable content for our total product portfolio, and are working intensively with our suppliers to increase this to 100% long term. Our plastic caps are made from renewable biomass sources instead of crude oil, but can still be recycled in existing plastic recycling plants.

    We are continually assessing our packaging and striving to improve it. Your feedback will absolutely be taken on board.

    All the best

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