Design for recycling

Advances in responsible end-of-life for packaging products and awareness in resource efficiency is appearing as an opportunity for many to contribute to a better future of the one planet we have. UPM, as a leader in the new bioeconomy, has set up a collection, and reuse system for spent paper release liner waste.

Recycling of silicone-coated paper has triggered very high interest within the industries that make use of these materials as carrier materials for both label stock and other adhesive handling technologies. For tape and industrial sectors using liner, the shade/colours of liner materials have traditionally been very colourful and dark. With the recycling infrastructure set up to treat mainly lighter shade yellow and white glassine, darker colours have needed to be directed to lower value-added end uses or left outside collection programmes, thus ending up in landfill or incineration as their final destination.


  1. Circular economy in UPM

Our vision is that every single wood fibre is used innovatively and efficiently. We do this to create value for our stakeholders and societies:

    • Avoid generation of waste
    • Reuse materials and products
    • Replace fossil-based fuels and raw materials with renewable alternatives
    • Create added value through smart solutions.


  1. Release liner recycling in UPM

Location: Date: 06/05/2021 Time: 14:45 - 15:10 Mikko Rissanen – UPM Specialty Papers