Development of Circular PE-film pallet packaging


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Demonstrating that stretch- and shrink films for pallet packaging can be recycled economically without loss of quality.

Valipac is running three projects in which it is demonstrated that stretch- and shrink films for pallet packaging can economically be recycled without loss of quality. The conditions for making printed film circular are also investigated. It is important that all players in the materials cycle are involved: polymer and packaging manufacturers, packers, unpackers, waste collectors and recyclers.

Valipac together with among others chemical group Total, Wienerberger (ceramic building materials, such as bricks), Oerlemans Plastics and plastic recycler Morssinkhof/Rymoplast, executed a demonstration project to develop circular shrink sleeves.

These shrink sleeves are half made of recycled plastic, which is selectively collected from companies. Technically speaking, it was not rocket science, according to Valipac's project leaders Karel Gemmeke and Filip Vangeel. But it took a lot of time to get parties from the chain to work together on the same idea. In the meantime, proof has been provided: the circular shrink sleeve is as clear and strong as the classic film and meets all the standards for load security. Tertiary packaging such as this requires scale; only the Belgian market is too small. That is why Valipac now focuses on Europe. "We need a bigger market.”

Read more: A local closed loop for films, exactly as Europe wants it to be.

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