Following the successful recycling certification of its Propafilm Strata SL high barrier film earlier this year by Interseroh, an independent German recycling and consulting company, Innovia Films decided to extend the testing programme across all its uncoated, acrylic coated and EVOH barrier range of films. Interseroh analyse and evaluate the packaging based on sound criteria along with the entire after-life processes (collection, sorting, recycling and processing). The result of their stringent analysis is a scale which determines whether the packaging is non-recyclable through to very good recyclable. Stephen Langstaff, Global Business Manager Packaging at Innovia Films, states: “This certification provides us with independent validation that our polypropylene films are fully recyclable.”
Everyday products that have been manufactured from polypropylene can be reclaimed and reprocessed back into polymer pellets for use in a diverse range of commercial and industrial applications such as the moulding of plastic parts for the automotive industry. Currently, however, there is limited collection of flexible films across Europe which means that this valuable resource is being wasted.
Stephan Langstaff continues: “If collection streams were standardised across Europe, polypropylene and other polyolefins could be recycled and reused without significant problems. The next step for Innovia is to work with partners to develop a food compliant stream so that recyclate can be incorporated back into film”.