Market Trends: Recycling

Friday, March 15, 2019

In our last newsletter we demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of reducing the amount of film and tape purchased by increasing the quality of the film and tape purchased.  Overall savings eclipsed the higher per-unit cost of the higher quality film and tape.  We also know that “reduce” does not mean “eliminate;” packaging is a necessity.  This is where recycling takes center stage.

CORRUGATED

Corrugated, by its very nature, is already compostable and recyclable.  In fact, corrugated is the single most recycled material today.  Fully 93% of the corrugated produced each year is recycled into new products, resulting in:

  • less waste in landfills
  • fewer new, raw materials being used
  • additional revenue for the end-user because OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) is purchased by paper mills and is used in the manufacture of new corrugated.

Much of the recent growth in corrugated sales is a reflection of the growth in e-commerce. Growth in the packaging machinery hit $8.2 billion in 2017, and is expected to experience 4.1% growth annually until 2024 as more companies adjust to this new demand. While recycled corrugated is not as strong as virgin because the fibers are shorter, there is still a place for it in the marketplace.   Contact Murphy Packaging for advice on whether recycled corrugated is appropriate for your production.  However, whether you order virgin or recycled corrugated, know that your order will eventually be recycled and will become part of our global “circular economy.”

VCI

VCI is one of those miracle products that protects metals from corrosion, and then dissipates when the metals are unwrapped and ready for use.  No washing, dipping or cleaning of the metals is necessary.  The VCI liquids, powders and gels are applied directly to the metals and cause no waste.  The VCI papers used to wrap the metals are virgin kraft paper:  odorless, safe, non-toxic and, like all virgin paper, fully recyclable.  The VCI added to plastic is not hazardous, and is actually approved for use in foods in low concentrations.  VCI’s ingredients further diminish during the recycling process itself. 

The VCI films reflect the progress being made in the plastics industry overall.  Recently over 290 companies, manufacturers and groups signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s “Global Commitment Targets,” a pledge that by 2025, fully 100% of their plastic will be reusable, compostable or recyclable. Great strides have already been made in the extrusion of biodegradable plastics and the development of gluten-based films.  Bottom line, VCI protects metals in ways that never compromise health or environment, and is fully recyclable.