UPM Raflatac has made its RafCycle recycling solution available in Thailand.
RafCycle services were launched in Bangkok November 16 during an end-user event with an announcement of EcoBlue Limited being the first RafCycle partner in the area.
EcoBlue Limited gives new life to PET label liner waste at its recycling facility in Rayong, Thailand, that would otherwise be landfilled or incinerated. The PET liner waste is collected from RafCycle partners and recycled into new materials benefitting printers, packers, brand-owners and the environment. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM Raflatac's approach to labeling a smarter future beyond fossils.
"The goal of 100 percent recyclable packaging set out by the consumer product companies requires us to find solutions for waste materials beyond PET bottles,” says Pranay Jain, managing director, EcoBlue Limited. “Our CircuLiner Program intends to achieve this by providing a recycling solution for the PET liner waste. We are excited about partnering with an environmentally conscious organization like UPM Raflatac and hope to grow this program through RafCycle.”
Tanarrato Tanaka, UPM Raflatac country manager for Thailand, adds: "We are delighted to be able to introduce RafCycle in Thailand in partnership with Ecoblue. Our local team of experts can offer our customers and brands a range of sustainable products and services that will deliver benefits in the local market and beyond.”
UPM Raflatac recently joined the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment among 250 organizations including many of the world's largest packaging producers, brands, retailers and recyclers, as well as governments and NGOs. One of UPM Raflatac's commitments is to grow the RafCycle recycling program to enable all end-users to return their label liners. The Global Commitment and its vision for a circular economy for plastic is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with UN Environment.