APR to address shrink sleeve labels

APR to address shrink sleeve labels

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers has formed a working group to tackle the problem of contamination in bales from full wrap shrink sleeve labels.

Full wrap labels can obscure NIR sorting technology, resulting in incorrect resin identification of a container. Additionally, these types of labels are difficult to remove using current automated label-removal technology. The Label Working Group will work with the packaging industry to improve the recyclability of containers and labels. APR also used the announcement to call attention to its guidelines on the use of full wrap shrink sleeve labels, saying they should be easily removed using standard bottle-wash methods and that they should not impair the functionality of sortation equipment.

"Full wrap shrink sleeve labels are a critical issue facing plastics recycling today," said Steve Alexander, executive director for APR. "While they are extremely popular with brand owners, they represent a nightmare for most recyclers, and render the containers they cover mostly unrecyclable."

The group is scheduled to meet at the upcoming APR membership meeting in Baltimore, June 11-13.

The important issue of full wrap shrink sleeves has been explored in detail in the new issue of Plastics Recycling Update. Click here to read the story.

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