COLORED PAPERS: Do deep colors affect the recyclability of paper?

Fedrigoni has set the goal for 2030 to have 100% of its special paper families with a verified level of recyclability according to the Aticelca 501/19 method, one of the most rigorous and in line with current regulations (UNI EN 13430:2005 and Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste).
If the paper product falls into one of the four recyclability classes (A+, A, B, C), it means that it can be collected in paper and recycled in paper mills, and the company is authorized to use the “Recyclable with paper – Aticelca® 501” mark for commercial purposes.
More intense colors can generate a drop in recylability class (for example, bringing the classification from an A+ level to an A level if going from a light color to a more intense one), limit the use of paper, or require a greater use of colors or coatings to cover intensely colored fibers. In addition, the recycling of differently colored and deep papers leads to the creation of gray recycled papers, with optical inhomogeneity; these papers can only be used for limited applications (for example, inside a box). At Fedrigoni, we recover our colored paper waste through a color flow (from white to black) to maximize its optical homogeneity.
The Group’s commitment is to offer a wide range of colored papers in pulp and created for luxury printing and packaging, guaranteeing:

• The absence of absorbable organic halides (AOX): no AOX is generated or added through chemical additives and/or raw materials, and the wastewater is therefore free of them;

• The control of the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of the wastewater resulting from the production of colored papers. That is, we guarantee the amount of oxygen necessary for the complete chemical oxidation of organic and inorganic substances in a water sample. To do this, at Fedrigoni, we apply the best available techniques, physical-mechanical and biological treatment plants, which ensure COD levels significantly lower than existing legislation.

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