Business Waste becomes the first company in the UK to offer foil and label recycling services

Waste foil is one of the harder materials to recycle and most of the time it is sent for incineration. however, have successfully created a route for recycling that turns polymer-based label waste and foil printing waste into new recycled products.


On the other hand, the waste from paper labels is shredded, blended, and turned into recycled paper of various grades.

Foil printing waste recycling involves collecting waste reels, transporting them to a recovery facility for weighing and documentation, and segregating paper for separate recycling. The material is then shredded, checked for contaminants, and then turned into recycled products.


Business Waste collects and recycles any type of waste from foil printing, including aluminium foil, polymer film, printer reels, polymer label waste, paper label waste, cardboard and carton board. They offer free containers to store and dispose of the foil and labels and the collections can be managed at any time across the UK. Their customers are also rewarded with a ‘Free duty of care’ certificate and a ‘Free zero waste to landfill’ certificate.


One of the first companies to collaborate on foil recycling with Business Waste has been the OPM Group, a Leeds-based printer specializing in self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging solutions for the food and FMCG. They implemented new processes and equipment to store and recycle production waste, significantly reducing landfill contributions. 


This partnership led to the OPM Group achieving Zero Labels 2 Landfill and Zero Foil 2 Landfill certifications from Business Waste.


Mark Hall, co-founder of says: “We know a lot of companies have struggled over the years with the sustainable disposing of foils and labels, incineration being the go-to process for them. This is why we couldn’t be prouder to announce that we can now offer the option of recycling these materials into new products – a much greener option for our clients and the environment!”.


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