Frequently asked questions

Is it possible to recycle all juice, custard and long-life milk cartons?


How does one go about recycling these cartons?

You simply remove the cap (don’t throw it away). Empty the carton completely. Loosen the corners and bottom of the carton and turn them up. Make sure you flatten it. Screw the cap back on or, if it came with a straw, leave it inside. Remember to drop your carton into a Ronnie Bag/Bank or recycling bin for it to be recycled.

Should I be rinsing out my cartons?

It is not critical, however, rinsing your cartons improves the working conditions in the storage facility. It will also help reduce odours, flies and rodents while remaining in the storage facility waiting to be recycled. So, if your cartons were filled with dairy based content, we advise you rinse your cartons before placing them into a Ronnie Bag/Bank or recycling bin.

Can caps and straws be recycled?

Yes. Screw the cap back on or, if it came with a straw, leave it inside.

What recycling processes do we use to recycle cartons?

In South Africa, we use a hydro-pulping process to recycle cartons. This process includes separating paper fibers from the polyethylene and aluminium. A wide range of paper and cardboard products are then produced from these recycled fibres. The polyalu component is separated for collection and pelletising to use to create plastic products. This pulping process is the most common method employed to recycle cartons worldwide.

What do juice, custard or long-life milk cartons consist of?

The cartons are made up of a number of layers. These layers consist of 75% paperboard, 20% polyethylene (plastic) and 5% aluminium.

Where do we recycle these cartons?

We recycle these cartons at our Springs Paper Mill in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. We’re encouraging waste management and collection companies to collect, bale and sell used cartons to the Spring Paper Mill for recycling.