What does Recyclable Mean?
We believe that a circular economy will make a significant contribution to building a more sustainable world. An important part of the circular economy is recycling, i.e. reprocessing valuable materials to make something new. We want our products to be manufactured from sustainable resources and to be used as raw materials for other new products at the end of their life. In this way they can be perfectly integrated into the recycling loop.
RECYCLING AS PART OF THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Three factors are important in ensuring recycling is part of the circular economy: the advancement of recycling technologies, the ability to dispose of the materials in a way that is appropriate and the recyclability of the materials used. As a producer, we have the most influence on the latter of the tree.
Whether a product is recyclable currently depends on the materials used to make it. The purer the material, the easier it is to recycle. This is the case with the aluminium we use in our aluminium foil, for example. With many plastics however, the situation is somewhat more complex. Plastics can be roughly divided into three groups:
Recycling of plastics
The first group are plastics that are easy to sort and recycle. These plastics are the most widely used.
Plastics in the second group could be recycled in theory, but as there are only small quantities of them,they are not.
In the third group are plastics which cannot be recycled because their chemical and physical properties do not currently allow it.
RECYCLING AT BACOFOIL®
An example of the first group of plastics is the material in our Non-PVC cling film. Some cling films consist of multilayer films that are difficult to recycle or they are made with non-recyclable plastics. Bacofoil® Non-PVC cling film is made of polyethylene, a highly recyclable plastic that requires only a few additives
We are constantly working to increase the proportion of plastic products in our portfolio that are easy to sort and recycle. We also strive to reduce the proportion of plastics, and all materials, that are difficult to recycle in our products. This is how we wan to make way for a circular economy and make a contribution to reducing the incineration or dumping of valuable raw materials.
WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT OUR RECYCLING PROCESSES
You can support our recycling efforts. Correct disposal of our products after use is just as important as us using recyclable materials to make them. Contact your local waste management company, local council or local supermarkets for information about local recycling recommendations and the disposal of our products accordingly, so that as much as possible can be recycled!