Walki Plasbel ‘Lamibel®MDO-PE Laminate HB’ receives a RecyClass Recyclability Approval
01 Feb 2024
Following latest independent testing, Walki Plasbel’s laminated structure containing both EVOH and a solvent-free aromatic PU-based laminating adhesive was approved as fully compatible with the flexible polyethylene (PE) recycling stream in Europe.
This type of packaging structure is typical for PE laminates with barrier materials and can be used in food packaging. What distinguishes the Walki Plasbel technology is that it is the first to get a Recyclability Approval for the combination of stated materials.
Testing was carried out by Aimplas, following the standardised testing procedures of the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocol for PE films. No negative effects were observed during the recycling process, making it compatible with the state-of-the art processes in Europe. However, the Approval is valid as long as the amount of EVOH used does not exceed 4.8% and the laminating adhesive is limited to 3.5% of the total weight of the packaging.
With this Approval, Walki Plasbel provides a testament that the selection of the correct combination of packaging features is essential in ensuring both the functionality, as well as the recyclability of plastic packaging.
The results will also serve to further boost the innovation on the circularity of plastics, in anticipation of the targets proposed by the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation.
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.
Walki transforms materials for a circular future and towards a sustainable society by extending products life cycle and embracing resource efficiency. We are an industry leading advanced materials conversion specialist delivering transformative, sustainable solutions to solve the most demanding challenges in packaging and the built environment. Walki is a growing international group organized in three business areas: Consumer Packaging, Industrial Packaging and Engineered Materials, with operations in eleven different countries, both in Europe and Asia. In 2022, the Group’s annual turnover was approx. 705 million euros employing around 1700 people.
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