Packaging and Disposal

Image Packaging optimisation and the ‘disposal of packaging’ are areas where joint efforts by industry, consumers and local authorities can make a big difference.

Packaging is essential to the detergents and maintenance products as well as many other goods.  The containers that these products come in are critical to ensure proper and safe transportation, presentation on shelves and delivery of the product to the place of use.   Furthermore, packaging is important to provide the consumer with information about the manufactured goods, as it contains important details about the product, dosage, the usage and safety instructions.  Therefore it is very important that consumers always Read the Label .

Our Industry strives to reduce packaging and seeks solutions in order to take into account the following two potential matters:

1. Reduction of packaging size /compaction:
Compaction involves making detergent powders more concentrate. In this way the size and weight of the product will be reduced but the product will still be as effective as your big box of powder.  It is a fact that compact detergents use:

• Less energy in manufacturing.
• Fewer raw materials (meaning less is needed per dose).
• Less product (and so less waste).
• Less packaging

Optimised size of packaging, thanks to the compaction of products are thus promoted given that they take up less space which means that less vehicles are used in the transportation of the product.

Industry introduced its first compacted detergents into the market in the 1990s (source: A.I.S.E.,). Our Industry continues to introduce compacted detergents into the market and at the same time it continues to look at other ways in which it can optimise the performance of its products without impacting on the environment.

2. Development of packaging recovery schemes to optimise use of packaging resources.
Since 1994, European legislation has placed the responsibility for the recovery and recycling of packaging waste on those who handle packaging at any stage of the supply chain. The EU Directive 94/62/EC 1994 on packaging and packaging waste is aimed at preventing the production of packaging waste by reduction, reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery.

The Green Dot

Green Dot

The Green Dot is a highly recognised symbol in many European countries. Companies that adopt the emblem indicate their commitment to national packaging recovery systems set up throughout Europe.

To find out about the packaging recovery organisation in your country, go to http://www.pro-e.org/

The Green Dot is a registered trademark and was originally introduced by the Duales System Deutschland in 1991 (which licenses use of the symbol to other systems). In some Member States the Green Dot system is not used, and the use of such a symbol is not required. More information on these different systems can be obtained from EUROPEN www.europen.be or, for systems using the Green Dot, from ProEurope www.pro-e.org.

In 1997, a European Commission Decision on packaging material identification (97/129/EC) established an identification system for packaging made from plastics, paper or fibre board, metal, wood, textiles, glass or composites. The identification should appear in the centre or below the recyclable or reusable markings.

Use of this numbering and abbreviation system is voluntary. However, companies that choose to identify the materials in their packaging used within the EU are obliged to do so in accordance with this Commission Decision.

The identification of packaging material should not be confused with other symbols often used on packaging to encourage recycling or litter prevention or to communicate other messages about packaging to consumers, such as reusability.

The Mobius Loop

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The Mobius Loop, with 3 chasing arrows, is the internationally recognised symbol for recycling. Each arrow represents an aspect of a successful recycling programme: collection, remanufacturing/reprocessing into a new product, and finally purchase by the consumer. The symbol is used on goods that are recyclable.

Plastics

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Plastic bottles, containers and packaging typically have a symbol that indicates the type of plastic resin from which the item was made. The American Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) introduced the resin-coding system in 1988. The symbols imprinted on plastic bottles, containers and packaging are a variation of the original three Mobius arrows. They have been modified to a simpler and thinner version.

On a bottle, the symbol can usually be found on the bottom, moulded into the plastic itself as a raised impression and thus not always easily visible. The symbol includes a number within the Mobius arrows, and usually, but not always, the chemical resin below it in acronym form.

For more information please see www.europen.be
 


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