Waste &
Recycling

Labeling Solutions

Engineered specifically for low surface energy waste & recycling plastic products to exceed performance for track & trace, barcode, branding, antimicrobial & safety/warning labels.

Engineered specifically for low surface energy waste & recycling plastic products to exceed performance for track & trace, barcode, branding, antimicrobial & safety/warning labels.

Adhesion-Based Shortcomings

Why Other Methods Fail

Solid waste management affects each person on the planet since the waste we generate needs to be removed and handled. Commercial carts, organic waste carts, document destruction carts, curbside roll out carts, curbside recycling bins, and medical waste carts and bins are products used throughout the Solid Waste industry to help each of us achieve that removal.

For instance, roll out carts hold bags of garbage placed into them before being picked up each week by municipal haulers. Curbside recycling bins do the same thing but specifically for recyclables so they can make their way back into the materials stream.

Most carts and bins are manufactured from low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics such as high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) and polypropylene (PP), specifically for the superior performance properties including long service life with resistance to damage, chemicals, UV exposure and washing / sanitizing processes.

However, the performance properties that make polyolefin thermoplastics so versatile also make them problematic for common “adhesion-based” labeling methods (pressure-sensitive adhesive, in-mold, hot stamp foil, heat transfer, silkscreen, pad printing, and more) that are intended to be on the product for their intended life use.

The reason for this? Just like the aversion water has to a waxed car, so to adhesion-based labeling has an aversion to the non-polar, low surface energy surface of polyolefin thermoplastics.

Need proof? Look no further than your roll out cart next time you take out your trash. The label on the side of your cart either chalks off with some rubbing or is mostly missing by now.

Real world proof consistently shows that adhesion-based labels do not meet the needs required by municipalities and waste haulers and cause problems such as:

Waste Haulers trying to quickly identify their roll out carts vs. competitors on trash days find it hard to do so when all carts blend in a sea of white labels. Another problem exists once those labels fail as there’s nothing left to establish who the cart owner is.

Municipalities with recycling programs often require recycling roll out carts to place important multi-colored “recycling information pictorial” labeling on lids. These labels show customers what is, and what is not acceptable to be placed inside for pick up. When labels lose adhesion or outer layers become damaged, they rapidly deteriorate leaving nothing informational behind.

Waste Haulers must be in control of their supply chain asset management. When carts go missing, it adds large amounts of expense to replace them.

Manufacturing waste containers inevitably creates scrap that must be recycled and placed back into the stream. Used containers that have met their useful life can also be recycled and made into new products. When incompatible labeling is used, those labels must first be removed from the bins and containers prior to recycling because if chipped with the containers, these labels create unclean recyclate that can only sparingly be used in virgin material.

The Polyfuze Difference

Polymer Fusion
Labeling Technology
For Durable Consumer
Products

Where adhesion and other labeling methods continue to fail, Polymer Fusion Labels were engineered specifically for 100% compatibility and 100% recyclability with all polyolefin thermoplastics and do not contribute to unclean recyclate. They have been proven to exceed performance and durability standards no matter the use or environment these consumer products may be exposed to.

Polymer Fusion is the science of merging two separate low surface energy plastic polymers together (polyolefin label + polyolefin component) utilizing melting point, time, and pressure, which produces a singular piece of plastic without the use of adhesives, tie-layers, bonding agents, or secondary surface treatments.

Performance Attributes

  • Fully compatible with low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics (no substrates, inks, or adhesives are used)
  • 100% polymer fusion melds at molecular level with low surface energy polymers
  • Engineered specifically for difficult to label, low surface energy plastics
  • Impervious to harsh environments, chemicals, sanitation processes, environments with moisture, solvents, water, pressure-washing, and extreme temperatures.
  • Anti-counterfeit & authentication capability
  • Life-use track & trace labeling solutions

Applications

  • Collection
  • Transportation
  • Storage Services
  • Treatment & Disposal Services
  • Recycling Services

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