UPM Raflatac Recycling Solution Goes to China

HELSINKI, FINLAND | UPM Raflatac is expanding its RafCycle recycling solution to China. RafCycle services were launched in Changshu December 6, 2017, during a customer event. RafCycle was also promoted at Labelexpo Asia in Shanghai December 5–8. The first RafCycle partner certificate in China was awarded to Hangzhou Changli, which is a label converter established in 2010. 

Hangzhou Changli is also the 100th RafCycle partner globally. According to UPM, the number of RafCycle partners has grown increasingly over the years as sustainability has become one of the key drivers in the labeling industry. Today more than 10,000 tons of label liner waste is being recycled in Europe through the RafCycle program. UPM Raflatac says it is actively searching for new RafCycle partners, and the expansion to China is an important step in this process.

The paper liner waste generated by the RafCycle partners in China will be delivered to Hangzhou Fulun Ecology Technology Co., where the paper liner waste can be recycled back into pulp and paper.

RafCycle is an recycling concept that offers a new life for label liner waste, which provides numerous benefits to printers, packers, brand owners, and, of course, the environment. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM’s approach to sustainability.

"The recycling of wood fibers in paper products is a closed-loop solution and a shining example of sustainability at its best," says Sharon Xiao, sustainability manager, APAC, UPM Raflatac. "We see sustainability as a key for success and a driver of innovation."


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