Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials has announced that its machine direction orientation (MDO) and polyethylene (PE) films are confirmed compliant with the Association of Plastic Recyclers' (APR) critical guidance for high-density polyethylene (HDPE) recycling. In addition, Avery Dennison's biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) and MDO films comply with APR critical guidance for flexible PE recycling.
The compliance means the company is able to offer a complete range of film solutions for brands and converters seeking to enhance the recyclability of rigid HDPE, while offering APR-recognized films for flexible PE plastics.
In short: labels can stay with their containers without impacting the recycling process, thereby making recycling easy for the consumer, particularly those shopping via e-commerce.
The compliance covers Avery Dennison’s clear and white MDO films, including Global MDO and Global CO-EX products and PE films.
Scott Saunders, GM at KW Plastics, said, “Having a full family of APR-recognized films for HDPE containers represents a significant development for plastic recyclers. Using these films will allow us to increase the percentage of plastic we are able to recycle.”
Tina Hart, vice president, strategic innovation, said, “Recyclability of e-commerce packaging has become a significant issue for consumers. This recognition helps companies address that challenge with recyclable labeling options for products being shipped in flexible PE packaging.”
Hart added, “We are committed to continuing to advance the circularity of our products and those of our customers. This announcement that our full film portfolio has been APR recognized represents a major milestone in our progress toward that goal and sets a new standard for the industry."