Adhesives in the context of paper and board recycling – state of play

Many fibre-based product designs, in particular in the area of packaging, would not be possible without adhesives, which are used in, for example, corrugation, bag and box making, and labelling.
Adhesives are generally required to be compatible with the recycling process for the target material, rather than being the target material of the recycling. The two possible pathways that adhesives can take during paper recycling are removal or incorporation into the recycled paper.
In this paper, the place of adhesives in paper recycling is explored. Existing design guidelines for fibre-based products are viewed with regards to adhesives, and the treatment of adhesives in test methods and assessment schemes is considered. Finally, FEICA outlines some recommendations aimed at further improving the recycling of fibre-based products containing adhesives.   

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More relevant information on Paper & Packaging and Food Contact can be found on the FEICA dedicated webpage here.

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