The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., introduced a new member of the recently launched RecycleReady Technology, which enables the recyclability of polyethylene-based barrier packaging as part of existing grocery store drop-off recycling programs.
Created in collaboration with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Charlottesville, N.C., and other industry members, Dow’s RecycleReady Technology helps converters create barrier pouches that answer consumer demand for more recyclable packaging options.
The stand-up pouch made with RETAIN polymer modifiers is said to be the first package of its kind with barrier film that can be recycled in a polyethylene recycling stream. When combined with other polyethylene resins, the RETAIN compatibilizer offers a recyclable solution with enhanced barrier characteristics.
These recyclable flexible pouches incorporate multiple layers, but use only polyethylene as the basic raw material.
RecycleReadyTechnology has been approved by the SPC’s How2Recycle program to use the Store Drop-Off label. Plastic film, wrap, and bags carrying the Store Drop-Off label can be recycled at participating local retail and grocery stores.
The technology aims to divert packaging waste from landfill or incineration, increase post-consumer recycling yields and aid the creation of a circular economy for plastics packaging.
The Dow Chemical Co.