The Indian Army unit Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) Kilo has collaborated with packaging and processing solutions company Tetra Pak India to undertake an environment project to recycle used Tetra Pak cartons.

As part of this initiative, a compacting plant has been prepared at Haiderbeg in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir where local government bodies, non-government organisations (NGO), and other companies can send empty Tetra Pak cartons.

They will be disposed into compacted bales, which will be sent to Khatima to be made into products such as paper.

An Indian Army representative said: “Milk in Tetra Pak cartons is authorised to troops as part of their entitled ration.

"Approximately 4.5m [Tetra Pak] cartons in 1l gets utilised in 15 corps every year."

“Approximately 4.5m cartons in 1l gets utilised in 15 corps every year. So far, there is no mechanism to recycle these cartons and they are disposed of locally.

“CIF Kilo, therefore, took upon itself the task to collect and recycle the cartons, with support from Tetra Pak who has helped set up the necessary recycling infrastructure.”

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Tetra Pak India provided the compacting machine for the plant and will also be responsible for providing necessary expertise and support to the project.

Tetra Pak's South Asia markets environment director Pravin Mallick said: “At Tetra Pak, we have invested ahead of the curve to build a sustainable recycling eco-system for used cartons across the country.”