FINAT: Recycling awards competition

THE  NETHERLANDS The European association for the self-adhesive label industry, has announced the first Finat Recycling Awards Competition. Label converters and end-users who have their paper and/or filmic release liners recycled by dedicated programmes are invited to apply for this new award.

A growing number of sustainable and economically-viable recycling programmes offer companies site-specific solutions for the collection and recycling of used release liners, allowing them to reduce both their carbon footprint and landfilling costs. The competition will culminate in the announcement of the winners at the Finat World Congress in Monaco, held from 5 to 7 June 2014.

“Release liner recycling is picking up pace. More and more, recycling initiatives are offering turn-key solutions to recover a valuable secondary material that no longer needs to go to waste. Spent paper release liner is a high-quality feedstock, already re-used in products ranging from new liners and copy papers to wall insulation. Likewise, PET and PP liners are reground and granulated and used in a wide range of applications, such as new silicone film and outdoor jacket insulation,” explains Jacques van Leeuwen, Chairman of the FINAT Recycling Awards Competition.

Eligible projects will be evaluated based on a comprehensive set of criteria, divided in three categories:

  1. Achievements (volume and percentage recycled)
    How much liner (in volume and percentage) does the company recycle? Is this traceable? Does the company recycle other secondary label materials?
  2. Communication and promotion
    Is the company actively involved in the promotion of release liner recycling? Is the company making efforts to encourage partners/customers to engage in recycling?
  3. Innovation / opening of new markets
    Is the company using a new/innovative approach to logistics or recycling ? Is the company representing a new end-user market for liner recycling?

There are two award categories:
1. Self-adhesive label end-users
2. Self-adhesive label converters

All entries must be submitted by Friday 2nd of May, 17:00 hrs CET to the FINAT Secretariat.

Andreas Keller

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