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Recyclers address concerns over shrink labels

26/07/2012


The growing use of shrink and stretch sleeve labels on plastic bottles has prompted a US trade group to issue guidance to ensure such products do not impeded recycling.
The use of such labels is described by Dave Cornell, technical director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) as a “mixed blessing” for PET recyclers.
“[They] are free of adhesive ... but new problems are created such as proper identification of the bottle resin, removal of the label from the bottle” as well as the ‘clumping’ of the label material at recyclers, he said.
These challenges have prompted Washington-based APR to issue a critical guidance document to assist PET bottle manufacturers in testing their labels to make sure they do not adversely affect the recycling process.

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