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As a nation we use around 57,000 tonnes of carton every year. That's the same as the weight of 331 blue whales!
Luckily recycling cartons is now much easier, meaning less will end up in landfill.
Once collected and sorted from other waste, cartons are shredded and mixed with water in a machine similar to a washing machine.
There they are pulped for around 30 minutes which breaks down the cartons into a fibrous solution that can be then dried and rolled out and made into new paper products like envelopes and plasterboard liner.
The carton lining which is made from plastic or aluminium is separated out and used to supply energy for the mill.
Squashing cartons before recycling means that they take up a third less space; helping to keep trucks off the road.
Visit recyclenow.com and see if your local council recycles drinks cartons.