THE PRESSURE-SENSITIVE LABEL WASTE STREAM: AWA guide to management and recycling options

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Waste management in the pressure-sensitive label industry is a high-visibility and broad-ranging topic that is currently challenging the entire value chain -- from brand owners and retailers through label printers and labelstock laminators, to raw material suppliers. New from AWA Alexander Watson Associates is an AWAreness™ Report designed to help point the way to identifying appropriate solutions for all concerned: Pressure-sensitive Label Waste Management Report.

What constitutes label waste?

The sustainability agenda has focused attention on many items within the broader definition of packaging, but pressure-sensitive labels’ complex value chain and laminate construction create challenges on recycling at various levels. These include laminate manufacturing waste, press set-up waste, adhesive-coated matrix waste and – perhaps of the greatest concern today – spent release liner. Release liners – both paper and film – are key contributors to successful pressure-sensitive labeling. They are high-value products that can be recycled.

 

The available options

All these aspects of pressure-sensitive label waste are discussed in this concise study, which clearly sets out the options available – material downgauging, linerless labels, coating, laminating and printing labelstock in one machine pass, cradle-to-cradle recycling for reuse, and recycling for alternative uses. The status quo of legislation around the world, change drivers and change barriers are all discussed, as a prologue to identifying the physical problems around collection of label waste, and defining where the ownership of instigating such collection should reside.

 

The study concludes with an up-to-the-minute review of companies globally who are offering waste management solutions of all kinds for users of pressure-sensitive labels.

 

AWA Alexander Watson Associates’ Pressure-sensitive Label Waste Management Report is a timely publication prepared to assist the pressure-sensitive label industry at all levels in mapping out a route to responsible – and sometimes financially-rewarding – management of its various waste streams. The report is available now to order via the AWA Alexander Watson Associates website, www.awa-bv.com, where details of the company’s full portfolio of market reports and events concerning the pressure-sensitive label industry may also be found.

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