The choice of packaging material becomes a crucial aspect for companies seeking to reduce their environmental footprint, as well as to avoid the tax on non-reusable plastic packaging. In this context, the key question posed by professionals in the film sector is: What should I take into account to ensure truly recyclable packaging?
1. Understand the Composition of the Film
Before addressing recyclability, it is crucial to understand the composition of the film. Opting for recyclable and recycled materials is an essential first step. Polymers such as low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are common choices that offer recyclability properties. Additionally, transparency in information about the film’s components contributes to traceability and proper management at the end of its life cycle.
2. Optimized Packaging Design
The design of packaging plays an essential role in facilitating the recycling process. Reducing the complexity of the packaging structure, avoiding unnecessary overprinting, and opting for designs that allow for easy disassembly are aspects that contribute to more effective material management and a more efficient recycling chain.
An outstanding example of sustainable design is the use of monomaterials. These packages use films of a single polymer type, making them 100% recyclable. Their uniqueness in composition facilitates separation and processing in recycling systems, allowing for simpler treatment and recycling compared to composite packaging. This approach not only enhances recyclability but also emphasizes the importance of simplicity in design to drive more sustainable practices in packaging management.
3. Tax on Non-Reusable Plastic Packaging
To avoid the application of the tax on non-reusable plastic packaging, it is possible to opt for recyclable materials This tax, set at €0.45/kg since the beginning of 2023, does not apply to:
- Packaging made with recyclable plastic.
- Packaging that does not contain plastic.
- Packaging designed to have more than one life cycle.
4. Certifications and Standards
Obtaining certifications and complying with specific standards are necessary to consolidate the sustainability of packaging film. Actively seeking recognized certifications, such as “Recyclable” or “Made with Recycled Materials,” not only validates the company’s commitment to eco-efficiency but also provides additional assurances about the packaging’s ability to be part of a sustainable life cycle.
These certifications not only reinforce consumer confidence but also support adherence to responsible practices that drive environmental sustainability in the supply chain.
For additional information on the relevance of recyclable films or if you have inquiries about the Tax on Non-Reusable Plastic Packaging, feel free to contact us for guidance.