RECYCLING GUIDE

How to recycle protective packaging correctly.

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RECYCLING, COMPOSTABILITY AND DISPOSAL

Can Storopack protective packaging be recycled?

Yes, all of Storopack’s protective packaging is recyclable. It can be processed and reused in a variety of industrial products. The only exception are our products from renewable raw materials – they are not always recyclable, but compostable.

How should paper paddings be disposed of correctly?

Paper pads can be disposed of and recycled via the yellow recycling bin. In the Australia, disposal is regulated at a local Council level. Storopack does not use coated paper. Disposal via existing recycling facilities contributes to reducing the use of primary raw materials. PAPERplus® uses only inks which the recycler can easily remove (de-inking process).

How should air pillows be disposed of correctly?

As a consumer in the Australia, you can dispose of air cushions (ideally emptied of air) in your yellow recycling bin. They can also be deflated and taken to either a Coles or Woolworths Supermarket and deposited into their Redcycle bin for recycling into many useful and durable products. Polyethylene is incidentally a very welcome source of energy at waste-to-energy plants because its calorific value is actually higher than that of oil. Storopack also offers protective packaging which is industrially compostable, like AIRplus® BIO film, which can be used for the manufacture of air cushions. The film’s base material is a compostable plastic based on polylactic acid (PLA) and copolyester. The basis of the product is made using renewable resources. AIRplus® BIO is certified compostable in accordance with the European standard EN 13432 and the American standard ASTM D6400.

How should foam packaging be disposed of correctly?

Firstly, they can be used again, for example, as protective packaging. In Australia, they should be disposed of in non-recyclable or general waste. As a component of the general waste stream, FOAMplus® foam is an outstanding fuel for modern plants that generate energy from waste. When disposing of the foam packaging, the PE protective film does not need to be separated from the foam.

How should loose fill be disposed of correctly?

Our loose fill products PELASPAN® BIO and Renature® made from vegetable starch are likewise 100% compostable in accordance with EN 13432. They can also be disposed of with the normal household waste. In Australia, disposal is regulated on a local Council level, rather than consistently throughout the country. Please contact your local disposal service provider within your Council area, to ensure correct disposal of PELASPAN BIO®, Renature® and PELASPAN®. PELASPAN® Loose fill is a very welcome source of energy at waste-to-energy plants because they have a high calorific value and can be fully incinerated. 

Why isn’t all of Storopack’s protective packaging compostable?

Very different types of protective packaging can be needed depending on the goods being shipped. While fragile and lighter items like porcelain and glass can be ideally protected in a box using the compostable loose fill PELASPAN® BIO, heavy technical components require paper and foam packaging in order that the product is stabilized in the shipping box. This type of protective packaging isn’t compostable, but it can nevertheless easily be recycled.

Can Storopack molded parts be recycled?

Yes, all molded parts made of EPS and EPP are 100 percent recyclable. They can be treated and reused in a variety of industrial products or can be used as raw material for our loose fill.

How should molded parts be disposed of correctly?

As a consumer in the Australia, you can dispose of EPS in your general waste bin. The moulded parts are a very welcome source of energy at waste-to-energy plants because they have a high calorific value and can be fully incinerated. 

  

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To make orientation easy for you we mark our products with “4R” indicating the following properties: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, and RENEW.

REDUCE

This product and its production process are designed to reduce natural resource usage.

REUSE

This product can be reused up to several times for its original purpose.

RECYCLE

Post consumer or post industrial waste of this product can replace virgin raw materials.

RENEW

This product is produced of renewable raw material, e.g. wood or plants.