Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 finalists

Greiner Packaging leading European manufacturer of plastic packaging in the food and nonfood sectors, is Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2022 finalist with its self-separating cup K3® r100 which enables automatic separation of cardboard and plastic on the way to the recycling facility.

With its K3® r100 design, Greiner Packaging has succeeded in developing a sustainable packaging solution whose cardboard wrap separates from the plastic cup all by itself en route to the recycling plant. This maximizes the product’s recyclability and shows what innovation in the packaging industry is all about.

Until now, separating cardboard-plastic combinations has been heavily dependent on consumer cooperation. But in the case of K3® r100, the two materials separate on their own – even while they are still on the way to the recycling plant. This means that the cardboard and plastic can be assigned to the correct material streams during the initial sorting process before being recycled.

The design has been certified with a recyclability rating of above 90% by Cyclos-HTP* and has been given a Class A ranking by RecyClass, indicating the top level of recyclability for a packaging item.