Label technology eases PET separation

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A French company says it has developed a PET label film that eases the separation of printed sleeves from PET bottles in recycling.

Sleever International reports its low density PET film for sleeves is readily sorted in sedimentation tanks due to its lower specific gravity compared with conventional PET. The LDPET flakes float in the tank while PET bottle flakes settle to the bottom of the tank.

Sleever says it provides expertise in shrink film manufacturing and processing, and sleeve application to bottles from 20 milliliters to 2 liters at rates of between 15,000 to 20,000 bottles per hour. The firm’s technology includes printing inks designed to eliminate contamination of recycled PET flakes. It claims the LDPET film is approved by several European institutions and it is being registered in North and South America.

Sleever International is based in Zi Le Val Morangis, France.

Tel. 33-169-74-7560, fax 33-169-74-7569, email Bruno.duplessix@sleever.com.