If the packaging is made with one of the packaging materials (steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic, glass), coupled or treated with another material, other than packaging (e.g. glues, adhesives, inks), it is always to be considered as a monomaterial packaging for the purposes of alphanumeric coding by decision 129/97 / EC, regardless of whether the weight of the secondary material is greater than 5% of the total weight of the pack.
For example, a paper packaging with wax / paraffin weighing more than 5% of the total weight of the packaging, will only report the coding envisaged for single-material paper packaging.
- If the percentage of the cellulose fraction is between 60 and 95% of the total weight of the pack -> Instruct the consumer to deliver the packaging in the separate collection for paper packaging;
- If the percentage of the cellulose fraction (and / or with components of different materials that cannot be separated manually) is less than 60% of the total weight of the pack -> Instruct the consumer to deliver the packaging in undifferentiated collection.
In fact, it should be noted that the packaging thus constituted, which to date are not recyclable, if transferred to separate collection and managed in the recycling flow of paper packaging, would significantly affect the generation of waste in the recycling process, even implying a greater impact environmental and increased management difficulties, also to the detriment of the overall quality of the secondary raw material generated by the recycling process.
Last modified on 19/11/2021