Managing its own circular-economy for process and supply-chain waste, Coveris’ recycling facility has received the top environmental honour at this year’s annual FINAT European Label Forum and Recycling Awards.
Taking place in Dublin on 6th June, the FINAT Recycling Awards celebrated their fourth year as part of the European Label Forum, the self-adhesive label industry’s long-running conference. Recognising innovative recycling and waste reduction initiatives across the supply-chain, Coveris received the award for its work at its Environmental Services facility based in Lincolnshire.
Operating its own circular-economy across its UK site base, Coveris’ recycling facility is uniquely positioned within the packaging industry to offer a closed-loop manufacturing process. Coveris takes production, customer and residual waste out of the supply-chain and recycles over 6,500T of commercial waste each year - the equivalent in weight to around 4,300 cars in the UK.
Established in 2007 by Coveris’ labels division, the facility was set up to process release-liner waste, created as a by-product of the labels manufacturing and application process. With a lot of this waste previously recycled as waste to energy, improved technologies, infrastructure and strategic collaboration with suppliers like UPM Raflatac mean that this waste is now fully recycled for various label applications, as well as being upcycled into products such as composite materials for children’s playgrounds. Plastic waste is also recycled throughout the business with a significant proportion being regranulated and downcycled into new films for industrial application.
Having received major investment over the past 12 months, the facility has recently developed a world-first recycling process for self-adhesive labels which has been recognised by FINAT as part of the awards process. The launch of Coveris’ custom-built ReCoveris™ machines means that the manufacturer can now delaminate composite label stock, separating the face-paper from release-liner to enable the full recycling of own production or redundant customer stock waste.
Tim Lennon, Coveris’ Environmental Services Manager commented on the recent victory, “given all the work we have done to support our recycling model over the years and the recent investments made into new processing technology, this award provides major recognition for Coveris in an area that we are not always associated with. Sustainability is top of our agenda as a multi-format packaging supplier and our recycling services work to support all major retailers, brand owners and manufacturer’s own sustainability strategies in turn.”
Coveris’ circular-economy model forms part of the manufacturer’s 2025 UK Plastic Pact aligned strategy, Pack Positive™. With a clear vision to reduce unnecessary packaging and improve recyclability, Coveris is focused on delivering optimal packaging solutions that work to reduce overall environmental impact by working to reduce resources, improve end-use and sustain product life cycles for longer.