RecyClass approves Avery Dennison’s “PE TOP WHITE CF3050” and “PP CAVITATED TOP WHITE CF3050” packaging technologies
11 Apr 2023

Following standardised testing procedures, Avery Dennison’s permanent adhesive is the first of its kind to receive a RecyClass Recyclability Approval. The laboratory findings show that this technology is compatible with the coloured high-density polyethylene (HDPE) recycling stream in Europe.

The technology is a white pressure senstivite label applied on an HDPE bottle, composed of a facestock and a polyolefin-based hotmelt adhesive. Separate evaluations were carried out both on a PE-based (PE TOP WHITE CF3050) and a PP-based (PP CAVIATED TOP WHITE CF3050) facestock.

According to the independent testing carried out by the Institut für Kunststofftechnologie und -recycling (IKTR), following the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols, the technology is compatible with the given recycling stream if the amount of adhesive represents 1% of the total packaging weight and that the facestock is either clear or white1.

During the evaluation, the recycled material generated through recycling was successfully tested in high-value application such as HDPE bottles with up to 50% concentration.

With this Approval, the plastic industry will benefit from additional understanding on adhesives and decoration technologies, and more specifically how their functionality can be paired with recyclability – aspects which will become increasingly important as the transition toward a circular plastic future accelerates.

1 The full list of conditions is available in the Approval Letters: Avery Dennison “PE TOP WHITE CF3050” and Avery Dennison “PP CAVIATED TOP WHITE CF3050”


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.

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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.
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About Avery Dennison ​
Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides branding and information labeling solutions, including pressure-sensitive materials, radio-frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, and a variety of converted products and solutions. The company designs and manufactures a wide range of labeling and functional materials that enhance branded packaging, carry or display information that connects the physical and the digital, and improve customers’ product performance. The company serves an array of industries worldwide, including home and personal care, apparel, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive. The company employs approximately 36,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2022 were $9.0 billion. Learn more at

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