March 24, 2022 – Mauser Packaging Solutions, a global leader in solutions and services across the packaging life cycle, is pleased to announce that it has received UN-certification for its Infinity Series Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC), a composite IBC with an inner receptacle made from high-quality, natural colored post-consumer resin (PCR) generated in-house called Recolene®.
Mauser Packaging Solutions paved the way for the use of PCR in the industrial packaging industry with the introduction of one of the first UN-certified, monolayer, plastic drums made from 100% recycled resin more than 7 years ago. Today, the company continues to set the standard and expand its line of monolayer and multilayer drums and IBCs that support the circular economy and conserve natural resources.
Through close collaboration with authorities, the International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers, and the International Confederation of Container Reconditioners, Mauser Packaging Solutions helped successfully lobby the UN-Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods to update UN Model Regulations to allow the use of PCR materials to produce the bottle of Composite IBCs.
“We strive to be a positive example to our industry and are determined to increase awareness and adoption of sustainable products and services,” said Mark Burgess, President, Mauser Packaging Solutions. “This certification is a significant step forward toward the expanded use of recycled materials in the industrial packaging industry. Thank you to all of our industry partners who collaborated with us to make this happen."
About the Infinity Series IBC:
Designed with sustainability in mind, the Infinity Series IBC was the first non-UN composite IBC with an inner receptacle made from PCR materials introduced to the market a few years ago. It demonstrates the advantages of Mauser Packaging Solutions’ unique closed-loop recycling system and the benefits of cascading reuse and recycling concepts to an industrial packaging product.
The UN-rated Infinity Series IBC features a 2-layer bottle that contains a significant share of high quality, natural colored recycled resin called Recolene®. Recolene® is generated from selected empty industrial packaging that has been collected via the Mauser Packaging Solutions collection program, shredded, washed, sorted by color and extruded on-site at one of the company’s six recycling centers.
This technology and closed loop process enables optimal recycling of PCR material resulting in a consistent, high quality PCR stream available in multiple colors including natural, blue and black. The Infinity Series IBC bottle boasts a 25% lower carbon footprint compared to a new bottle and supports the company’s efforts to divert waste from landfills, decrease the consumption of raw materials and energy, and reduce emissions.
The Infinity IBC offers the same benefits of reusability and recyclability as a standard Composite IBC and is ideal for use in the chemical, paints and coatings, building products, petrochemical, and lubricant industries. The UN-certified Infinity IBC is currently available in Central Europe as the company continues to work toward approval and availability across its global network.
The Infinity Series IBC is part of a broader product line that includes mono-and multilayer plastic drums (Open head and L-Ring), medical waste containers, plastic pails, tight head containers, and lube oil cans made from recycled resin. The Infinity Series of products is the most comprehensive portfolios of industrial packaging made from PCR materials.
It All Starts with Collection
The availability of the Infinity Series product line and other types of reconditioned packaging is dependent on the return of used, empty industrial packaging. Diverting packaging from the waste stream is the first step in responsibly extending the life cycle of packaging. With more than 80 reconditioning and recycling facilities around the world, Mauser Packaging Solutions offers the largest global collection and return network.