Coveris has been announced as the winner of UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle Award, which is presented in recognition of excellence in recycling and environmental performance.

Coveris has demonstrated great commitment to improving the environmental performance of self-adhesive labelling and promoting the sustainability of the labelling business more widely. The award was presented at the recent Labelexpo Europe show.

“RafCycle is fully integrated into Coveris’ operations,” says Jesse Rep, RafCycle & environment manager at UPM Raflatac. “(Its) waste streams provide raw material for the UPM Plattling paper mill, UPM ProFi composite products and our waste to energy operations at UPM Schwedt. Moreover, since joining the program, Coveris have worked with UPM Raflatac to ensure full commercial sustainability in order to deliver increased value and provide new sales opportunities as a result of their improved environmental infrastructure. This clearly demonstrates the potential of our RafCycle program.”

By recycling and reusing its waste streams through the RafCycle program, Coveris achieved a CO2 reduction of 24 percent, which is equal to four transatlantic flights, 34 percent energy saving, which is equal to lighting the Eiffel tower for 13 years, and a 6 percent water savings, which is equal to flushing 63 toilets for a year.

“We are very proud to receive this award which reflects our ongoing commitment to both the environment and our wider stakeholder communities,” says Dennis Patterson, COO for Coveris’ UK Labels division. “By collaborating strategically with UPM Raflatac, we have been able to offer a complete 360° solution for a product that was previously categorised as waste. Building on our partnership, we will now look to further support the RafCycle through continued supply as well as exploring other new, and innovative environmental processes to enhance the value of our products.”

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