Study Proves: RF Labels and RFID Inlays from Checkpoint are Recyclable with Household Collections
Checkpoint Systems, a leading manufacturer of sustainable security labels, has announced the results of an independent study conducted by renowned German environmental services provider Interseroh+. The study certifies that Checkpoint's clear RF labels and RFID inlays are "Made for Recycling". This means they can be disposed of as part of normal household recycling without having to be separated from packaging.
Global Boost for Plastic Recycling
Each year, Checkpoint produces 1.75 billion clear RF labels that are applied to a wide variety of plastic packaging - including that made from polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). The labels are applied in-store or at the point of manufacture to protect products such as cleaning products, protein powder packs, confectionery and fresh meats from theft. Millions of these plastic packages are wrongly sent to incineration or landfill, in part because consumers fear they will contaminate the recycling waste stream with the security labels. The study results now give them and retailers peace of mind that PP and PE plastic packaging bearing Checkpoint's clear RF labels and inlays can be recycled without concern.
More Recycling Information for Consumers
Flexible packaging production volume is expected to increase to more than 33 million tons globally in 2022. As it is sometimes difficult to print on the thin material, some of this packaging does not carry recycling information, even though it is suitable for this sustainable reprocessing. Now that Checkpoint's RF labels are certified as recyclable, the company can print the globally recognised recycling symbol on its labels before they are applied to the packaging. This allows brands to mark their flexible PE and PP packaging accordingly and increase the recycling rate of their product lines.
Ivan Gosling, Global Product Manager at Checkpoint Systems, reports:
"We are delighted with the results of this study, which clearly highlights our commitment to our sustainability goals and those of our customers. Following the recent news that our labels can be recycled along with paper-based packaging, this is another step in our journey to provide brands and retailers with high-performance, high-quality labels that can be integrated into standard recycling processes. Plastic packaging has a low recycling rate, currently below 10 percent worldwide, so any solution that promotes sustainability is a real win. With this new certification, we hope to create momentum and increase that rate. Consumers can now be sure that Checkpoint's clear RF labels and RFID inlays are recyclable."