Adhesive Receives APR Certification for Debonding of Non-recyclable Label Material on PET Containers

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Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives has received certification from the APR for its RI-MOVE PET products.

The APR certification means that plastics using label materials were subjected to the industrial recycling process. After undergoing the recycling process, the labels were evaluated and certified as compatible with industrial recycling.

RI-MOVE PET’s AR842 adhesive provides debonding of non-recyclable label materials from PET containers - making them recoverable. Debonding occurs when a container is processed utilizing a water temperature of 88 degrees C/190 degrees Fahrenheit or higher with an alkaline solution. This sink/float recycling process cleanly separates the label from the container and PET flakes. The PET fragments, now clean and residue-free, can be used in a PET bottle-to-bottle recycling process.

Fedrigoni reports that these products are designed to reduce environmental impacts and contribute to a circular economy through the separation of non-recyclable label materials. When used in combination with PET containers, it provides a more pure recovery through the separation of the label from the container. 

According to the company, RI-MOVE products are recommended for beverage and household applications where the container will pass through its recycling stream and the PET flake process.

Source: Labels & Labeling