Recycling Cycle

Recycling Cycle

Recycling cycle

100 % recyclable – Our packaging protects nature.

Today, material cycles are considered the key to a sustainable future. The recycling of packaging and displays made of paper, cardboard and corrugated board, which has been working well for decades, is the best example of this. Here, economy and ecology go hand in hand in an exemplary manner.

The packaging & displays manufactured by us correspond to the guiding ecological principle of sustainability, protection of resources and the raw material cycle. 

Depending on the intended use, we use corrugated base paper with a very high recycled proportion. It is made approximately 80 per cent of recycled materials such as waste paper, cardboard and used corrugated board. 20 per cent is of so-called fresh fibres. It is our objective to increase the recycled proportion further, provided it is sensible under consideration of the technical feasibility. Thus, in addition to sustainability aspects, factors such as tear-resistance and printability also influence the paper decision. 

We recycle 100% of the paper and cardboard waste produced in the manufacturing process.

Glue
The glue that connects the outer cover layer to the inner corrugated layer consists 100% of environmentally compatible starch. We use the optimal glue quantity in order to achieve good adhesion and to allow the best possible separation when the waste paper is decomposed in the recycling process. 

Eco seal for packaging 

Packaging made from the natural packaging material corrugated board score points thanks to their environmental compatibility. Consumers are often just as interested in the ecological properties of the packaging as they are in its contents – for this reason, the eco seal has been developed. It identifies packaging as ecologically favourable and therefore provides valuable information for the consumer. The Verband der Wellpappen-Industrie e.V. (Federation of the Corrugated Board Industry, registered association) makes the eco seal available for printing onto corrugated board packaging. Gissler & Pass also use the seal.

What is a recycling cycle?

The term recycling loop encompasses the process that a resource, material or product goes through from its production, through its use, to its reprocessing and subsequent possible reuse. The concept behind a long-term and full circular economy is that the recycling loop is completely closed in itself, and thus no new natural resources need to be expended in the production of new goods.[1] The recycling loop is the process by which a resource, material or product is recycled.

A distinction is made between three types of recycling cycles:

  • Production waste recycling: Here, recycling already takes place during production. Materials that arise as a waste product during production are reprocessed for other purposes.
    Product recycling: The product is recycled and reused while maintaining the same condition.
    Substance recycling: If recycling takes place after the product has been used, i.e. the product is broken down into its individual raw materials and returned to the cycle for further use, this is referred to as substance recycling.[2] The product is recycled and reused for other purposes.

The different types of recycling

  • Recycling: In this process, discarded materials are reprocessed into new products. Depending on the process and material, the original product is converted back into a valuable material and made usable for renewed production. Recycling takes place with aluminium cans, plastic bottles and paper-based packaging, among others. Waste paper in particular is an important element in the recycling process, almost 100% of which passes through the further material cycle. This can be used for the further production of corrugated board, so that corrugated board packaging and materials already consist of about 80% waste paper.

    Reuse: In reuse, a material or product is reprocessed and used again after it has been used for its original purpose. In this case, the product has usually only been changed in the most minimal way. Examples include used cars, refurbished electronics and clothing.
    Upcycling: In upcycling, recyclable materials and products are reused in a modified form, i.e. the new intended use is different from the original. Typical upcycling products are Euro pallets that are converted into furniture and car tyres that are used as swings and seesaw elements.[3]

  • Recycling processes and the methods used differ depending on the material. The following recycling process uses waste paper to illustrate the individual steps:
  1. In the first step, the waste paper is collected, recorded and meticulously sorted according to colour, type and thickness.
  2. The paper then enters the filter system, which uses large screens to remove non-paper materials (e.g. paper clips, staples, plastic parts) from the material.
  3. The paper is then shredded by machine and soaked in water. This breaks it down into its individual fibre components and filters out other foreign substances.
  4. With light-coloured paper, the printing ink is removed by a sodium hydroxide solution and surfactants and the paper is lightened within a bleaching process.
  5. Further fillers and additives, including fresh fibres, are now added to the resulting paper pulp.
  6. The final step involves pressing the paper pulp through a roller, after which the paper is dried and rolled up.[4]

Infografik Wellpappe Kreislauf

Example for Reycycling cycle

[1] Vgl. wikipedia.de (Stand: 23.02.20): Recyclingkreislauf, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recyclingkreislauf, aufgerufen am 07.08.20

[2] Vgl. entsorgbar.ch (Stand: 07.08.20): https://www.entsorgbar.ch/recycling-rocks/recyclingkreislauf, aufgerufen am 07.08.20

[3] Vgl. https://www.terracycle.com/de-DE/ (Stand: 08.08.20): Entsorgungsszenarien für Produkte und Wertstoffe, https://www.terracycle.com/de-DE/pages/recycling-begriffe-und-definitionen, aufgerufen am 08.08.20

[4] Vgl. lichtblick.de (Stand: 21.10.2019): Des Papiers neue Kleider: Das passiert beim Recycling, https://www.lichtblick.de/magazin/recycling-upcycling/altpapier-recycling, aufgerufen am 08.08.20

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