Mondi opens in-house recyclability testing lab in Frantschach, Austria, to speed up testing of paper, paper-based material; lab will determine how paper packaging that uses non-paper components, such as coatings, will perform in large-scale recycling mill

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August 30, 2022 (press release) –

  • Mondi opens in-house recyclability testing laboratory in Frantschach, Austria
  • Laboratory speeds up testing of paper and paper-based material
  • The lab determines how the packaging will perform in a large scale recycling mill, on a smaller scale

Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, opened the Group’s first recycling laboratory at its Frantschach mill in Austria to test the recyclability of paper and paper-based packaging using non-paper components such as coatings.

Conducting recycling tests in-house speeds up the process for developing sustainable packaging. While paper packaging offers many sustainability benefits, it also has certain barrier functionality limitations for products like perishable food. To enhance its functionality, non-paper components such as barrier coatings may need to be added, which in turn can impact recyclability.

The data collected at the laboratory can be used to improve existing products and provide reliable information about their environmental impact. Mondi will also use the results to determine how the design of new packaging can be improved as well as how best to improve the circularity of [our] material flows.

The tests are carried out on various paper and paper-based packaging products developed by Mondi and can determine whether the packaging can be efficiently recycled. The laboratory works in a similar way to industrial recycling facilities, but on a smaller scale. Results generated provide concrete evidence that the material can be recycled.

The ability to provide our customers with information on the recyclability of our products will be a key enabler in our efforts to develop more sustainable solutions and enhance our value proposition for customers. Currently, 78% of Mondi’s group wide portfolio is already either reusable, recyclable or compostable. This recycling lab enables us to move closer to our MAP2030 goals of making 100% of our products fulfil these requirements by 2025.

Elisabeth Schwaiger, Head of R&D and IP Flexible Packaging, Mondi

Mondi at FachPack

Mondi is exhibiting at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany from 27.09. - 29.09.2022 and will be presenting a variety of sustainable packaging solutions that are fit for purpose. You can visit Mondi in Hall 7-258, where different innovations and sustainable packaging options will be showcased. There is more than one path to sustainability and Mondi is determined to map the best one together with our customers. In line with the Mondi Action Plan 2030 (MAP2030) sustainability framework, Mondi is contributing towards a circular economy by using paper where possible and plastic when useful.

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