RECYCLING GUIDE

How to recycle protective packaging correctly.

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RECYCLING, COMPOSTABILITY AND DISPOSAL

Can Storopack protective packaging be recycled?

Yes, all of Storopack’s protective packaging is recyclable. It can be processed and reused in a variety of industrial products. The only exception are our products from renewable raw materials – they are not always recyclable, but compostable.

How should paper paddings be disposed of correctly?

Usually paper pads can be disposed of and recycled via the blue paper bin. In the United Kingdom, disposal is

regulated on a state or district level rather than consistently throughout the country. Please contact your local disposal service provider to ensure correct disposal of paper paddings or check the disposal in your postcode area: https://www.gov.uk/recycling-collections

Storopack does not use coated paper. Disposal via existing recycling facilities contributes to reducing the use of primary raw materials.

PAPERplus® uses only inks which the recycler can easily remove (de-inking process).

How should air pillows be disposed of correctly?

As a consumer in the United Kingdom, you can usually dispose of air cushions (ideally emptied of air) and loose fill in your recycling bin in household trash. Please contact your local disposal service provider to ensure correct disposal of paper paddings or check the disposal in your postcode area: https://www.gov.uk/recycling-collections

They are then recycled or incinerated. Polyethylene is incidentally a very welcome source of energy at waste-to-energy plants because its calorific value is actually higher than that of oil. Storopack also offers protective packaging which is industrially compostable, like AIRplus® BIO film, which can be used for the manufacture of air cushions. The film’s base material is a compostable plastic based on polylactic acid (PLA) and copolyester. The basis of the product is made using renewable resources. AIRplus® BIO is certified compostable in accordance with the European standard EN 13432 and the American standard ASTM D6400.

How should foam packaging be disposed of correctly?

They can be used again, for example, as protective packaging. Ideally, in the United Kingdom, they should be disposed of in plastic or nonrecyclable waste. As a component of the general waste stream, FOAMplus® foam is an outstanding fuel for modern plants that generate energy from waste. When disposing of the foam packaging, the PE protective film does not need to be separated from the foam.The trade and industry sectors have their own disposal channels (industrial waste) through which foam packaging is also recycled.

How should loose fill be disposed of correctly?

Our loose fill products PELASPAN® BIO and Renature® made from vegetable starch are likewise 100% compostable in accordance with EN 13432. They can be disposed of with the normal household trash or as organic waste.

In the United Kingdom, disposal is regulated on a state or district level rather than consistently throughout the country. Please contact your local disposal service provider to ensure correct disposal of PELASPAN BIO®, Renature® and PELASPAN® or check the disposal in your postcode area: https://www.gov.uk/recycling-collections

PELASPAN® Loose fill is a very welcome source of energy at waste-to-energy plants because they have a high calorific value and can be fully incinerated. Industrial and commercial waste is recycled via collection and recycling centers for commercial packaging.

Why isn’t all of Storopack’s protective packaging compostable?

Very different types of protective packaging can be needed depending on the goods being shipped. While fragile and lighter items like porcelain and glass can be ideally protected in a box using the compostable loose fill PELASPAN® BIO, heavy technical components require paper and foam packaging in order that the product is stabilized in the shipping box. This type of protective packaging isn’t compostable, but it can nevertheless easily be recycled.

Can Storopack molded parts be recycled?

Yes, all molded parts made of EPS and EPP are 100 percent recyclable. They can be treated and reused in a variety of industrial products or can be used as raw material for our loose fill.

How should molded parts be disposed of correctly?

As a consumer in the United Kingdom, you can usually dispose of EPS in your recycling bin or household trash. Please contact your local disposal service provider to ensure correct disposal of paper paddings or check the disposal in your postcode area: https://www.gov.uk/recycling-collectionsThe molded parts are a very welcome source of energy at waste-to-energy plants because they have a high calorific value and can be fully incinerated. Alternatively, the material can be recycled through the appropriate collection points/recycling centers and the take-back system in retail.

  

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To make orientation easy for you we mark our products with “4R” indicating the following properties: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, and RENEW.

REDUCE

This product and its production process are designed to reduce natural resource usage.

REUSE

This product can be reused up to several times for its original purpose.

RECYCLE

Post consumer or post industrial waste of this product can replace virgin raw materials.

RENEW

This product is produced of renewable raw material, e.g. wood or plants.