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Avery Dennison kicks off label-liner recycling program in Europe
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:24.Feb.2021

As part of its ongoing efforts to help establish a circular economy, Avery Dennison has announced the launch of AD Circular, a comprehensive program providing recycling of used paper and filmic label liners, in countries across Europe.


Through the program, companies can simply use an online web application to schedule a pickup of used label liners by Avery Dennison to one of its recycling partners. The web app also provides useful data in the form of regularly updated analytics and certificates on the amount of recycled liner material, the amount of CO2 emissions they’ve avoided as a result, and more.


Collection and transport of used liners through AD Circular will comply with EU regulations, and the costs will be comparable to existing waste disposal services.


“By working in collaboration with recyclers, our peer companies, and the brands that use our materials, we believe AD Circular is a big step forward in reducing and eventually eliminating label waste,” commented Burak Sahbaz, senior director marketing & sustainability, citing statistics from AWA, a label industry consulting firm.


Avery Dennison launches label-liner recycling program in Europe.

AD Circular will launch in eight countries during the first half of 2021, including France, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The program will then launch in other European countries in the latter half of the year. The program’s ultimate goal is by 2025 to recycle 75% of the label waste Avery Dennnison brings to the European market, added Mr. Sahbaz.


Material made from recycled liners will be used in new packaging materials and other qualitative products. Avery Dennison’s vision is to eventually facilitate liner-to-liner recycling.


Aiming to a greater industry collaboration


AD Circular is Avery Dennison’s latest effort to offer products and services that help establish a circular economy - an economy that, through the widespread adoption of recycling and the use of recycled content, eliminates one-time use of raw materials and instead keeps extracted materials circulating, thereby reducing pollution and waste, curtailing consumption of natural resources, and stemming greenhouse gas emissions.


It also improves upon existing liner-recycling services, processing liners regardless of who made them or where they were purchased.


“The goal isn’t only to get our own materials out of the waste stream,” noted Mr. Sahbaz. “Our vision is to solve this problem for the labeling industry, period, by setting up a thriving, wide-reaching, recycling system that one day will provide complete liner-to-liner recycling.”


Providing the service at comparable costs as existing waste disposal schemes is key to AD Circular, he said. So is ease of use.


As a value-added service, the app also tracks the amount of liners each user recycles, CO2 emissions avoided as a result. Users can use the data to measure progress against their sustainability goals and inform their sustainability reporting and communications.



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