The white and clear PP and PE label materials combined with multipurpose acrylic adhesives are part of UPM Raflatac’s SmartCircle portfolio of labelling materials that enable recyclability of packaging and promote the circular economy.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) has recognised UPM Raflatac’s PE and PP pressure sensitive label materials with general purpose acrylic adhesive for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers as meeting or exceeding the strictest APR HDPE Critical Guidance criteria for recyclability. Achieving this Critical Guidance Recognition is an important step in UPM Raflatac’s ongoing quest to label a smarter future beyond fossils.
The Critical Guidance Recognition means the label materials are proven to be compatible with standard HDPE container recycling practices. They are suitable for a variety of end-uses, including food and home and personal care.
‘It is a great honour to achieve APR Critical Guidance Recognition for our PE and PP labelling solutions for HDPE,’ said Oona Koski, Manager, Sustainability, UPM Raflatac. ‘At UPM Raflatac, we adhere to the philosophy that ‘labels matter’ when it comes to enabling the recyclability of packaging materials. Brand owners looking to achieve their sustainable packaging targets for their HDPE containers can be confident when they select our labelling solutions.’
‘The protocol is intended to help improve the quality of the recycled bottle stream by aiding innovators to make informed decisions about the consequences of packaging innovations. APR thanks UPM Raflatac for voluntarily submitting the labels for examination and recognition. The impact of this protocol is beneficial to worldwide recycling efforts. Meeting the Critical Guidance Document guidelines is truly a significant step in demonstrating overall recyclability of your PE and PP labels for HDPE bottles,’ said Steve Alexander, APR President and CEO, in a letter to UPM Raflatac.