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2011-10-26
UPM’s RafCycle® concept moves into energy

UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle® labelstock waste management concept has recently expanded into the waste-to-energy area. As a result, customers in Europe can now send their labelstock by-products for re-use as energy in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant at UPM’s paper mill in Schwedt in Germany.

Self-adhesive labelstock waste joins recycled paper de-inking residue, waste wood, and paper and plastic reject from paper recycling, which are already used as fuel at the plant.

Drescher Euro-Label, based in Gorzów Wielkopolski in western Poland, is the first customer to supply labelstock waste to UPM Schwedt. Photo courtesy of UPM.
 

Polish-based Drescher Euro-Label has been a pioneering supplier of labelstock waste to the CHP plant in Schwedt.

“Until recently, the costs of waste re-utilization were increasing by 20–30% every year,” says Marta Stańczak, Marketing and Environmental Specialist at Drescher Euro-Label. “After calculating the costs of waste disposal and transport to Schwedt, it turned out that we were able to reduce our waste disposal expenses by 70%. And the difference will grow bigger every year, as waste management is getting more and more expensive.”

The RafCycle® waste management concept is designed to provide the self-adhesive label industry with an environmentally sound alternative for disposing of labelstock waste from laminate production, label printing, die-cutting, and label dispensing.

PP liner waste can be used as raw material for UPM ProFi® wood-plastic composite products, while paper-based release liners can be recycled into pulp and paper. When combined with other biomass fuels, labelstock waste can be used as an energy source at a UPM CHP plant.

For more on RafCycle®, check out the dedicated Web site profiling the concept and for more on UPM Raflatac, one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials, visit the company’s Web site.

For more on UPM, check out our latest article or visit their Web site.

RafCycle® gives a second life to self-adhesive label by-products that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled – by using this material as input for generating clean energy for sustainable papermaking, for example. Photo courtesy of UPM.