Recycling of LDPE (film)

Recycling of LDPE (film)

LDPE, like all types of ‘virgin’ plastic, is made from oil. It is therefore not biodegradable or compostable (read more about these topics on the page: What are bioplastics?). LDPE is, however, excellently recyclable. In order to be able to recycle at high quality to A-class materials, it must meet a number of conditions:

  • The film must consist of one type of material, i.e. not laminated with other types of material such as aluminum.
  • The film must not be too dirty.
  • The foil must be separately collected or separated afterwards.

Recycling of films can be stimulated by designing more products out of one material and by collecting clean streams separately on a larger scale.

The recyclate can be mixed with virgin PE. Depending on the application and requirements, from about 25% to as much as 100%. When a product is shown to consist of 80% or more recyclate, it qualifies for the Blaue Engel label (read more about this label on the page: What is the Blaue Engel label?).

KIVO produces films for various applications using recyclate. This can be used for non-food applications. Applications include: shrink film, cover film, cover sleeves, garbage bags, films for potting soil, gravel, wood, straw, and stone bags, films for E-commerce bags, etc.

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    Door: Theo Schilder Director of Business Development 26 October 2020