Fedrigoni self-adhesives receive RecyClass Recyclability Approval for rigid PE and PP waste streams
07 Sep 2023
Independent laboratory testing shows that Fedrigoni’s ‘PP White with water-based acrylic emulsion adhesive’ and ‘PE White with UV-Cured acrylic adhesive’ technologies are compatible, respectively, with the rigid, coloured PP and HDPE recycling streams in Europe.
In both cases, the labels were tested unprinted on bottles without caps. For the PP-based technology, the adhesive represents 1% of the total weight of the tested bottle while the facestock accounts for 2.2%. On the other side, the PE-based technology was tested with the adhesive representing 1.2% and the facestock being for 8.2% of the total weight of the bottle.
The new recognition complements ´PE White with water-based acrylic emulsion adhesive´ Recyclability Approval obtained previously considered to be compatible with coloured HDPE recycling.
Moreover, Fedrigoni’s technologies are only the third of its kind to be approved by RecyClass in the PP stream and second in the HDPE stream.
According to the testing carried out by the Institut für Kunststofftechnologie und -recycling (IKTR), following the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols for PP Containers and HDPE Containers, the technologies were found to have a limited impact on the dedicated coloured recycling streams, under certain conditions.
For both technologies, the plastic generated during the recycling process was successfully tested in high-value applications, such as bottles, with up to 50% concentration.
Following the updated recommendations in RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines on permanent adhesives, it is essential to continue gathering information on different adhesive types and their impact on recycling streams, in order to advance circularity of plastic packaging.
The tests conducted by Fedrigoni aid greatly in generating such knowledge, as well as reinforce the necessity to ensure compatibilities of permanent adhesives with recycling processes so they are not disrupted and quality of recycled materials is not compromised.
 More information can be found in the press release: “Fedrigoni PRE self-adhesive material tested and approved by RecyClass”
 Full list of conditions can be found in the Recyclability Approval Letters: Fedrigoni’s ‘PP White with acrylic emulsion PSA’ and ‘PE White with UV-Cured Acrylic permanent adhesive’
RecyClass Recyclability Approvals
RecyClass issues two types of Recyclability Approvals – Technology Approvals and Product Approvals. These are issued upon conducted testing in accordance with one of the established Recyclability Evaluation Protocols. Testing results are incorporated in the RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines and the Online Tool. The full list of approved Technologies and Products can be found on the RecyClass website.
RecyClass is a non-profit, cross-industry initiative advancing recyclability, bringing transparency to the origin of plastic waste and establishing a harmonized approach toward recycled plastic calculation & traceability in Europe. RecyClass develops Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and scientific testing methods for innovative plastic packaging materials which serve as the base for the Design for Recycling Guidelines and the RecyClass Online Tool. RecyClass established Recyclability Certifications for plastic packaging, Recycling Process Certification and Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification for plastic products.
Founded in 1888, Fedrigoni today signifies excellence in the world of self-adhesive labels and materials and high value-added papers for luxury packaging and other creative solutions. The company currently has more than 4,500 employees in 27 countries and 48 facilities, including production plants, cutting centers and distribution. The Group sells and distributes 25,000 products in 132 countries and, thanks in part to recent acquisitions, has gained the position of the leading global player in wine labels and specialty papers for luxury packaging and the third largest player in premium self-adhesive materials. The Paper division includes the Cordenons Group and the historic Fabriano brand, and the Self-Adhesives division includes Arconvert, Manter, Ritrama (from February 2020), IP Venus (from December 2020), Acucote and Rimark (from June 2021), Divipa (February 2022) and Tageos (April 2022). The U.S. distributor GPA is also part of the Group.