Since polyolefin plastics are the most widely used plastics in the world today, it naturally follows that they are also the most commonly recycled plastics in the world today. Not only are polyolefins used for all types of plastic durable goods, they are also considered to be one of the safest types of plastic for non-durable goods like milk jugs, shampoo bottles, laundry soaps, and other products used daily by consumers.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), a polyolefin, is a relatively simple and cost-effective plastic that can be recycled into new products, but recyclers want to have clean recyclate because it offers a greater value. Grade A bales, or 94-95% indicated plastic, get the best prices and are most sought after by recyclable HDPE buyers.
The remaining 5% that is not indicated plastic are incompatible materials that cannot be recycled. Labeling, like hot-stamp foil, screen print ink, adhesive based stickers, heat transfer and IML’s, contain layers of incompatible inks, coatings, substrates, and adhesives that must be removed prior to recycling the plastic. Not only is that step labor intensive, costly, and time consuming, but the removed labels end up as non-biodegradable waste that must be disposed of.
Polyfuze offers the world’s only fully recyclable labels for polyolefin plastics. We are dedicated to helping make sure the entire polyolefin plastics supply chain works together to design end products that are readily recyclable, so there is nothing to remove or throw away at a products end-of-life. Just think, a durable goods Brand OEM could put a sustainable system in place to collect the end-of-life products they manufactured for recycling into new products.