Innovia has extended its BOPP recycling certification across its entire range of uncoated, acrylic coated, and EVOH barrier films.

The manufacturer’s Propafilm Strata SL high barrier film was certified last year by independent German recycling and consulting company Interseroh, which analyses and evaluates packaging and after-life processes including collection, sorting, recycling, and processing. Innovia has since had its other BOPP films certified by Interseroh.

According to Stephen Langstaff, global business manager for Packaging at Innovia Films, there is currently limited collection of flexible films across Europe, meaning a valuable resource – which could be converted into polymer pellets for use in commercial and industrial applications, such as plastic automotive parts – is being wasted.

“This certification provides us with independent validation that our polypropylene films are fully recyclable. If collection streams were standardised across the UK and Europe, polypropylene and other polyolefins could be recycled and reused without significant problem.

“The next step for Innovia is to work with partners to develop a food-compliant stream so that recyclate can be incorporated back into film,” he said.

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