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Recycling label waste with RafCycle

RafCycle by UPM Raflatac is the original label release liner recycling service built for pure circularity.

 

How to bring circular economy to packaging labels?

The global waste issue is real. The impact of the linear use of materials drives climate change. For brands, this reality is felt through tightening sustainability regulation and consumer trends. In the process of labeling products, the label release liner is an often overlooked waste stream. UPM Raflatac is here with a hands-on recycling solution that enables the circular economy and has a positive climate impact. We already have more than 250 partners worldwide with us on this journey towards pure circularity.

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Benefits of recycling label release liner waste with RafCycle

Sustainable & circular

Cost savings

Easy to operate

Brand & business value

 

With tightening sustainability regulations and consumers demanding more sustainable solutions, you might not know how to deal with label waste. In the process of labeling products, the label release liner is an often overlooked waste stream. With RafCycle, you can put those valuable raw materials into better use, even as closed loop solutions where the waste is used to create new label materials.

RafCycle is label release liner waste recycling at its simplest. Collect your waste, and we will arrange a pickup and take care of it for you. Whenever needed, you will have access to hands-on support by our experts tailored for your specific needs.

Beyond the simplicity and the service, RafCycle unleashes real business impact, from concrete cost savings to helping you reach your sustainability goals. You can also take full advantage of those tangible sustainability actions in your own storytelling and marketing.

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Reducing the pressure on forests

 

How does RafCycle work?

Perfecting circularity is this simple:

Step 1. Collect your liner waste.

Step 2. Let us know once your agreed amount is full.

We’ll handle the pick-up and transform the waste into either new label materials, paper or PET products, or other innovative circular solutions.

 
 

Total amount of liner waste recycled with RafCycle between 2014 and 2021 equals to

The weight of over two Eiffel Towers

280 000 trees left for other uses

641 long-haul flights worth of CO2e emissions avoided compared with landfill

 

Turning release liner waste into paper products

Paper release liners can be de-siliconized and recycled into pulp and paper with RafCycle. We can utilize our extensive collection network to facilitate cost-effective release liner recycling. We offer closed loop solutions where the recycled content is used for new label materials or other paper products.

Turning release liner waste into PET products

PET release liners can be mechanically or chemically recycled with RafCycle to create raw materials for new PET products. We can utilize our extensive collection network to facilitate cost-effective release liner recycling.

Turning matrix waste into composites

The matrix waste from label converting can be re-used as raw material for UPM ProFi composite products in Germany.