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Industry scheme boosts label recycling

UK printing companies are sending an estimated 120,000 tonnes of label waste to landfill every year, according to the sponsor of a scheme to divert the material stream.

The Zero Labels 2 Landfill Group Scheme, which is provided by consultancy Prismm Environmental and sponsored by the British Printing Industries Federation, offers a service whereby such waste is used to produce solid recovered fuel used in the production of cement.

Previously, according to Prismm, companies had no other option to landfill because the waste needed shredding before it could be reused. The strong, sticky residual material repeatedly caused shredding machine failure and was deemed unrecyclable.

Labelling small

Labelling small

Materials collected under the scheme include matrix waste, glassine, silicon packaging paper, waste foil on cores and make-ready and set-up reels.

Collections from as little as 600kg up to 26 tonnes are available nationwide through the scheme, which Prismm says has already kept more than 42,000 tonnes of label waste from landfill since 2015.

The intention is to improve the environmental performance of label printing companies, which will be popular with big brand clients seeking improved sustainability through their supply chains as well as cutting landfill tax bills.

  • A version of this article first appeared on our sister title Packaging News.

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