CELAB-Europe announced the release of an interactive map on their website today which is going to list collectors and recyclers of used liner and matrix materials that are a part of the production of labels used on packaging. The launch of the interactive map is the result of the collaboration of label industry members in a joint effort to create a circular economy for labels.
A liner is the paper or film material backing that protect the adhesive on the label until it is ready to be applied on the packaging or other product and is essential for labels to be able to be transported to their final destination. Matrix material is industrial waste that is created during the waste matrix stripping or removal in production of self-adhesive labels that is a very important part of label conversion and leads to a web of labels that can then be dispensed in high speed packaging lines.
In the last years collection services and recycling technologies have improved, especially in the field of glassine (paper) liners being able to be recycled and there is a network of recyclers that will take the material. To make this network more transparent, CELAB-Europe created a comprehensive map that lists the names and locations of the collectors and recyclers in Europe.
The map is an ever-evolving project, so CELAB-Europe is inviting all collectors and recyclers of paper and PET liner or of matrix material to reach out if they want to be included in the map. Please contact [email protected]
The global CELAB consortium is dedicated to increasing liner and matrix recycling rates to bring the self-adhesive labeling industry into line with circular economy programs promoted by governments and regulators across the world. In practice this means the recycled material is capable of being reused in the manufacture of new release liners or items of a similarly high value.
CELAB is organized into regional branches, with the European division hosted by FINAT. CELAB-Europe’s membership at this moment (March 2022) includes 34 companies and organisations: Ahlstrom-Munksjö, All4Labels, AMC AG – Division Intercoat, Avery Dennison, BASF SE, CCL Label, Delfort, Dow Silicones Belgium, Elkem, Evonik Operations, Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives, Felix Schoeller Group, FINAT, Flexcon, Gipea, Henkel, Herma, Itasa, Lecta – Adestor, Lintec, Loparex, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Momentive Performance Materials, Mondi, Polyplex-TPL, Sappi, Siliconature, Synthomer, Taghleef Industries, Toray Films Europe, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, VskE and Wacker Chemie.
CELAB estimates there are 1.6 million tons of label liners sold worldwide, of which 25% in Europe, with a recycling rate into other material of approximately 20 percent. CELAB-Europe’s goal is for over 75 percent of the continent’s used release liner and matrix material to follow a circular route by 2025.
For more information, see CELAB Europe – Interactive Map of Solution Providers (celab-europe.org)