UPM will soon be able to recycle the backing paper for adhesive stickers, after teaming up with French firm Vertaris.
Currently, most siliconised release liner paper, to which self-adhesive labels are stuck, is incinerated. Vertaris, a pulp and graphic paper producer, has developed a technology for de-siliconising paper-based release liner for pulping at its plant in Voreppe, France.
The partnership has created a recycling concept for European operations, which will see the liner paper processed into pulp to be used to make new paper at UPM’s mills.
UPM director of business development of UPM-engineered materials Erkki Nyberg said: “Working with Vertaris, our label business UPM Raflatac will expand its label stock waste management concept RafCycle to cover paper release liners in Europe.”
RafCycle previously used the paper and plastic generated as by-products of the different label stock production processes for wood plastic composite products and in other sustainable waste recovery processes such as energy generation.
Vertaris president François Vessiere added: “Both Vertaris and UPM have a strong emphasis on sustainable products and production. This co-operation will work for the benefit of the whole labelling industry by offering a sustainable recycling solution for paper-based release liners.”s