Waste &
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Labeling Solutions

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Labeling engineered to exceed Informative, Brand and Tracking needs required by municipals and waste haulers today.

Labeling engineered to exceed Informative, Brand and Tracking needs required by municipals and waste haulers today.

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Durable Labels for Plastic Recycling Bins & Garbage Cans

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 world and solid waste industry to help each of us achieve that removal.

For instance, roll out carts hold garbage before being picked up weekly by haulers. Curbside recycling bins do the same thing but specifically hold recyclables so they can make their way back into the materials stream.

Why Other Methods Fail

The majority of waste 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 rain has to a waxed car, so to adhesion-based labeling has an aversion to the non-polar, low surface energy nature of polyolefin thermoplastics.

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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 us that adhesion-based labels do not meet the needs required by municipalities and waste haulers.

This creates problems such as:

Hard To Identify Roll Out Carts
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.

Missing Information
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.

Track/Traceability Loss
Municipals and waste haulers must be in control of their assets. When carts or containers go missing, the expense to replace them adds up which then gets passed onto customers through the supply chain.

Recycling of Used or Blem Carts, Bins and Containers
Manufacturers inevitably create scrap when producing waste carts, bins, and containers. Because the plastic is polyolefin, that scrap is easily placed back into the stream.

End-of-life carts, bins, and containers can also be recycled and made into new products except for one caveat. Incompatible labeling must first be removed in order to create clean recyclate for the downstream economy. Removal adds labor and handling costs while discarded labeling becomes waste in our landfills.

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Polymer Fusion
Labeling Technology
For Waste/Recycling

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.

The result is permanent labeling for Collection Service Containers, Municipal Waste Containers, Biohazard Waste Containers, Recycling Service Containers, and other waste / recycling bins and containers that cannot be lifted, separated, or removed for the life-use of the product.

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 waste and recycling containers may be exposed to.

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Performance Attributes

  • Fully compatible with low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics (no substrates, inks, or adhesives are used)
  • Impervious to extreme environments, temperatures, chemicals, solvents, fuels, oils, and sanitation for expected life use of products.
  • Polymer fusion labels meld at a molecular level to low surface energy polyolefin thermoplastics used in waste/recycling containment products.
  • Hygienic, flush polymer fusion finish. No topical, layered edges, no adhesive residues, meaning no place for microbes to harbor and thrive.
  • Can be manufactured to meet Regulatory Compliance Standards. Learn More Here
  • Can be manufactured with BioCote® Antimicrobial for long-term silver ion efficacy against microbe growth and migration.
  • Can be manufactured with customized micro-crystal taggants for anti-counterfeit / authentication purposes.
  • Barcoding capability provides track & traceability over life-use of waste/recycling containment products.
  • Lifetime Guarantee.
  • RFID Coming Soon.
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