To Incinerate, or not to Incinerate!

To Incinerate, or not to Incinerate!

November 28, 2018

Production

The printing industry has always struggled with its waste, even with recent technological advances. Our facility here in Metro Vancouver produces both labels and packaging which have their own separate challenges. Labels themselves are constructed with layers of paper stock, inks, adhesives and laminates. Labels applied to packaging are usually removed through the recycling process and likely are incinerated or put in the landfill.

Packaging on the other hand (such as stand-up pouches) are constructed with multiple layers of plastics, inks, adhesives, lacquers and laminates. To add to the complexity of packaging, each layer of plastic can be a different substrate. This means the final construction turns the package into recycle number 7, which is not recyclable. At best, companies are chipping the material and creating pellets to sell as alternate fuel.

Technology

As a company in the Pacific North West, we struggle to keep our byproducts in a circular economy. We have heard of companies in Europe who have made flooring out of label and packaging waste. That said, it’s just not practical or environmentally sustainable to send our waste halfway around the world. Therefore, we look to the options available to us: Landfill or Incineration. Do we burry our waste which will break down slowly over a couple centuries; or do we burn our waste and create energy for homes which will break down over a couple of hours? Both options aren’t great, especially when considering the “allowable emissions” regulations set by governments for incineration.

Issues

The challenge is real, and just when you think you have found a solution, another issue emerges. This occurred when our team visited the incineration plant for a tour. When speaking with the crane operator, we discovered that our waste (which is sometimes on a roll) is too dense to breakdown and will actually roll off the conveyor belt. This means the extra transport time and dumping costs to the incinerator have been for the most part, a waste of resources. So our research department is back to the drawing board, all while thinking “To Incinerate or not to Incinerate!” That is the question… where is Shakespeare when you need him?

 

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“War on Plastic Reaches Packaging Industry”

November 19, 2018

Labels and Labelling Magazine approached Associated Labels and Packaging here in Vancouver after discovering the news regarding our innovation in Stand-up Pouch products. The following is a segment taken from the article. These are the changes that we require to move closer to a world with less waste. Step by step we will get to that place.

Article:

“…Still, the multi-laminate constructions of flexible packaging are too difficult to separate and recycle at most municipal facilities; the majority end up in the landfill. It’s with that in mind that Vancouver-based Associated Labels and Packaging has created what it calls North America’s first non-GMO, ‘backyard compostable’ stand-up pouch.

Associated Labels and Packaging says the ‘earth-friendly’ pouches start composting in sixty days, and depending in climate and conditions, will turn into compost within 180 days. The pouches are created with layers of eucalyptus trees and corn starch. ‘To empower consumers to divert their packaging waste from landfill to compost is a huge step in the right direction,’ says Associated Labels sustainability manager Jay Ashworth.

He says the product is popular with many socially and environmentally responsible companies. Associated Labels and Packaging can run the substrate through its new HP Indigo 20000 digital press, and also has a variety of offset and gravure printing capabilities.

‘People are starting to become more aware of the impact packaging has on the environment,’ Ashworth says. ‘I think it’s been gaining moment for a while now. Debating climate change is irrelevant; we just need to start doing what is right for the environment. And now people are willing to invest in material that won’t stay in a landfill forever.’”

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A Market First — CKF and AssociatedLP Unveil Peel and Reseal Lidding Film for Earthcycle

October 10, 2017
For Immediate Release:

CKF’s Earthcycle TM brand of certified compostable and recyclable moulded fibre punnets for fresh produce are now available with tamper evident peel and reseal top lidding film.

HANSPORT, NS (October 10th, 2017) – While peel and reseal top lidding film is a well established product in the fresh produce market, due to technical challenges, it has been limited in use to only plastic punnets. Through dedicated development by Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. with CFK’s Earthcycle TM product line, the companies are pleased to launch a new lidding film that strongly adheres to an Earthcycle TM moulded pulp container but can be easily opened and then resealed with a light touch, multiple times. This is a first-in-market product for a peel and reseal lidding film for non-laminated moulded pulp packaging.

A peel and reseal film solution expands the use of the Earthcycle TM punnets to larger club packs while making it even more consumer friendly. “A peel and reseal lidding solution has been on our target development list since we first presented a top sealed Earthcycle punnet in 2013” says Brad Dennis, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CKF Inc. “We know that with more consumer demand moving towards snacking that a resealable lid is necessary.” Resealable lidding film also offers the consumer convenient storage while the packer and retailer can easily stack the packages in transit and at retail. Merchandising of the final produce is not compromised as the large top seal window provides maximum visibility with an environmentally responsible package.

“Environmental stewardship is a founding principle of our company” says Shaun Ashworth, President of Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd. “It is the reason that we gravitated to the Earthcycle product—with its solid environmental credentials. We wanted to find a way to extend the environmental benefits of the Earthcycle packaging to a wider market and to speak to growing retailer demands by offering a peel and reseal feature for our top lidding film.” An Earthcycle TM punnet with a peel and reseal lidding film uses

90% less plastic than a comparable plastic clamshell which means a reduction in waste to landfill and an increased use of renewable resources.

Samples will be on display at PMA Fresh Summit in CKF Booth 5747 and will be featured in the “Fresh Ideas Showcase.” Representatives of both companies will be on hand to answer further questions on the new product.

About Associated Labels and Packaging Ltd.

Since 1981 Associated LP has always looked for ways to stay on top as industry leaders. Another market first for the company took four years of R&D to create North America’s first Non-GMO, home compostable, stand-up pouch. The two year peel and reseal lidding film challenge is yet another example of our willingness to invest and bring positive change for the industry and the environment.

Associated LP is a premium label printing and flexible packaging company locally-owned in Vancouver, Canada. The foundation of the company is based on the PEQ Triangle of “People, Ethics, and Quality” which work together in every aspect of our business. Industries served include food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, personal care and household cleaning supplies.

Contact Information

Patrick Woods – Director of Sales & Marketing, Agriculture Division

sales@associated-labels.com

1-800-661-4764

www.associated-labels.com

Social Media: @associatedLP

About CKF Inc.

CKF Inc. is a diversified Canadian-owned manufacturer that proudly offers a wide range of
moulded pulp, foam and rPET products to meet the specific demands of retail consumers, food service operators and the packaging industry. CKF is part of the Scotia Investments Group of Companies.

R.A. Jodrey established Canadian Keyes Fibre Company Limited in the summer of 1933, during the worst of the Great Depression years. The Company began with a single plant in Hantsport, NS – manufacturing pie plates and cake circles for bakeries. CKF has experienced uninterrupted growth since its establishment and now operates 5 plants across the country—Hantsport, Rexdale, two in Langley and Delta—employing over 650 people. Nationally recognized brand Royal Chinet® is one of CKF’s best known products and stands as a symbol for many Canadians of family, friends and joyous occasions.

Contact Information

Brad Dennis

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

bdennis@ckfinc.com

(416) 249-2272

www.ckfinc.com

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