UPM Raflatac / Henkel – Recycling concept for reduced label liner waste

GERMANY • In a partnership with UPM Raflatac Henkel’s beauty care business unit has announced to have reduced its label liner waste to zero. In 2016, Henkel generated more than 400 tons of siliconized glassine label liner waste at its facility in Wassertrüdingen, Germany. Through UPM Raflatac’s recycling concept RafCycle, Henkel has been able to recycle the entire amount, equivalent to 20 truckloads of liner waste.

UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle concept is set to give a new life to self-adhesive label waste that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled. In this special case, UPM collects used label release liner from Henkel and recycles it into new graphic printing paper for books and magazines at the UPM paper mill in Plattling, Germany.


UPM Raflatac and Henkel, a global producer of industrial, commercial and consumer care products, continue to strengthen their collaboration in support of sustainable development in the labelling value chain. Henkel was recently awarded the RafCycle partner certificate for glassine paper liner recycling.

UPM is focussing on being more sustainable and has recently received the Critical Guidance recognition from the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) for its two new shrink sleeve film label products.

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