FINAT Announces Recycling Awards Winners

THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS | FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive labeling industry, announces Helf Etiketten (Austria) and Bel Leerdammer Cheese (Belgium) are the winners of the second FINAT Recycling Awards Competition. (http://finat.com/en/Sustainability/Recycling-Portal.aspx) Both winners were honored during an awards ceremony at the recent European Label Forum in Amsterdam. 

The FINAT Recycling Awards Competition recognizes companies that have their paper and/or film release liners recycled. The goal is to raise awareness for the growing number of sustainable and economically viable recycling programs. These offer companies site-specific solutions for the collection and recycling of used release liners, allowing them to reduce both their carbon footprint and landfilling costs, FINAT says.

"The second edition of our recycling awards saw another strong field of contestants, with a number of returning participants putting in even stronger performances,” says jury chair Jacques van Leeuwen, a FINAT recycling consultant. “We congratulate both winners and the other contenders with their accomplishments and look forward to the next edition of the FINAT recycling awards competition in 2016."

Helf Etiketten, the winner in the converter category, impressed the jury with the 100% liner recycling rate. The judges also commented on the sustainable ethos with the collection of liners from customers and the ongoing implementations of a complete management system.

In the end-user category, Bel Leerdammer Cheese stood out for building on ongoing efforts through developing successful pilots in 2013 and recycling 100% of paper liners in 2014. It also incorporated recycling into its operation-wide quality system and strengthened internal and external communication regarding its release liner recycling efforts.

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