The laminated tube technology ‘PBL 220/11 HD’ developed by Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Europe and its partner Plastuni Lisses, member of Somater Group, show that it is fully compatible with recycling in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers stream, the findings of an independent laboratory testing confirm. The analysis was carried out by the Institut für Kunststofftechnologie und -recycling (IKTR), as per the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for HDPE containers.
The technology is a polyethylene laminated tube containing an EVOH barrier concentration below 3% of the total weight of the packaging and compatibilized with a PE tie layer. The tube, with its slight direct print, was tested with both its HDPE shoulders and its HDPE cap.
The laboratory results show that ‘PBL 220/11 HD’ tube technology is fully compatible with the current European HDPE recycling stream provided they are used under specific conditions. These include, among others, a requirement that any other component like valves, liners, seals, etc., must be made of PE and that the final artwork applied on the tube is compatible with recycling.
The laboratory testing shows that the recycled plastic generated after the recycling process can be used in high-value applications such as HDPE bottles with up to 25% concentration.
Applying polyethylene cap in tubes is an important development within the packaging industry, as it replaces the currently used polypropylene caps. This in turn results in decreasing the quantity of polypropylene in the HDPE recycling stream and improving the quality of the final recycled plastics.
The Huhtamaki ‘PBL 220/11 HD’ tube is an example of a technology that effectively implements design for recycling principles and contributes to improving quality recycling of HDPE containers in Europe.
 More information in the cited technology letter.
RecyClass is a comprehensive cross-industry initiative that works to advance plastic packaging recyclability and to establish a harmonized approach towards recycled content calculation and its traceability in Europe. Activities within RecyClass include the development of Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and scientific testing of innovative materials which serve as the base for the Design for Recycling guidelines and the free online tool. RecyClass offers Recyclability Certifications and Recycled Content Traceability Certification for plastic packaging.
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About Plastuni Lisses, member of Somater Group.
Somater is a family-run Group which has been part of the French industrial landscape for more than 30 years.
Our Group is recognized as a responsible partner in the Development and Manufacture of Sustainable Polymer Primary Packaging solutions, for Cosmetics, Health and food industries with less environmental impact.
The four companies in the group, Somater Conditionnements, Plastuni Operations, Plastuni Normandie and Plastuni Lisses, produce blown or injected packaging (bottles, tubes, caps), thermoformed inserts (containers, trays) and laminated tubes (ABL, PBL). Our expertise extends to decoration (offset printing, flexography, screen printing, pad printing, hot stamping) and assembling (including desiccant capsules and mascara).