Avery Dennison launches liner recycling program in Europe

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

Through the program, companies can use an online application to schedule a pickup of used label liners by Avery Dennison to one of its recycling partners. The web app also provides data such as analytics and certificates on the amount of recycled liner material, the amount of CO2 emissions 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.

‘Companies in Europe consumed some 470 kilotons of label liners in 2019, yet just over a third were recycled,’ commented Burak Sahbaz, senior director of marketing and sustainability at Avery Dennison, citing statistics from AWA, a label industry consulting firm. ‘Landfilling or incinerating that many liners, and using all that material only once, is not environmentally sustainable and runs contrary to consumer expectations and the spirit of European regulations establishing a circular economy. 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.’

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 to recycle 75 percent of the label waste Avery Dennison brings to the European market by 2025. Recycling 1 kilogram of liner avoids the emission of 2.28 kilograms of carbon dioxide,’ added Sahbaz.

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

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

‘As a company, we’re not content to simply reduce our own impact,’ said Sahbaz. ‘We’re looking at regenerative practices and ways that we can apply what we do well to make whole systems better, from the label industry to communities to the environment. We’re proud to not only be making innovative contributions to the circular economy but, as a founding member of the Circular Economy for Labels (CELAB) consortium, to also be organizing collaboration among other companies to bring that economy to life faster. AD Circular is an example of how, working together, we can meet the challenge of reducing label waste.’

AD Circular 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 materials out of the waste stream. 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,’ continued Sahbaz. ‘Companies, like consumers, recycle when it’s easy and affordable. So, we’ve made it as easy and cost-effective as possible. Companies use our web-based app to schedule a pickup whenever they’re ready, and we will handle everything else—pick up, transport, recycling, and all the paperwork and regulatory compliance.

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

Companies can learn more about AD Circular and register for the program at label.averydennison.com/adcircular