Self-adhesive label materials supplier UPM has signed a contract with the French subsidiary of Aliplast for recovery of release liner in France.
The partnership is set to expand Italy-based Aliplast’s recycling services for polypropylene (PP) and paper-based release liners through RafCycle waste management concept of UPM Raflatac.
As part of the contract, Aliplast will collect, sort and distribute all types of release liner to different recycling processes, escaping landfill or incineration.
The company will install big collection bags for use by self-adhesive label end-users such as drinks bottlers and food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical companies.
The bags will be collected and directed to two sorting centres of Aliplast located near Strasbourg and Lyon, and the waste is transported to its final place of re-use after sorting.
At the UPM ProFi factory in Bruchsal, Germany, polypropylene liners including the company’s ProLiner PP30 are re-used as raw material in the manufacture of wood-plastic composite products.
Aliplast Italy will recycle other wrapping films into various packaging products.
Paper-based release liners, which will also be collected by Aliplast for fibre re-use, are re-pulped and de-siliconised, post recovery.
The pulp is used for papermaking at UPM’s paper mills.
UPM Raflatac has extended the reach of its sustainable RafCycle concept to more label end-users through the partnership with Aliplast.
According to UPM, the service provides a solution for recycling paper and film release liners, which brings down the environmental impact besides reducing waste management costs.
UPM Raflatac is part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group.
Image: Recovered pulp will be used for papermaking at UPM’s paper mills; Photo: Courtesy of UPM.