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New JV to help collect and convert label matrix waste into energy

Plastic film converting equipment manufacturer Precision AirConvey (PAC) and pressure sensitive label rollstock supplier Channeled Resources Group have formed a joint venture offering a service to companies that generate label matrix waste, diverting this scrap away from the waste stream and to energy conversion facilities.

Plastic film converting equipment manufacturer Precision AirConvey (PAC) and pressure sensitive label rollstock supplier Channeled Resources Group have formed a joint venture offering a service to companies that generate label matrix waste, diverting this scrap away from the waste stream and to energy conversion facilities.

PAC label scrap recovery system
An automated system from Precision AirConvey captures label waste and conveys it to a baler for collection and transport to a waste-to-energy facility.
PAC (Newark, DE) and the Channeled Resources Group (Chicago, IL) say the new venture will help label converters, printers, mail houses and other label matrix waste generators eliminate the disposal costs for landfilling and/or incineration of label scrap. The two companies' turnkey approach to the scrap encompasses capturing the label matrix waste at the press and conveying it to a baler via an automated label waste handling system, collecting the baled material and hauling it to Greenwood Fuels' (Green Bay, WI) waste-to-energy processing plant for use as feedstock. Greenwood says it plans to open more facilities in North America and abroad.

The joint venture is to operate without government subsidies, with fees paid by the waste generators for the service, which the two companies say will cost substantially less than the recurring disposal fees. "The logistics involved in collecting and hauling waste is usually what prevents recycling and waste-to-energy programs from being cost-efficient," says Precision AirConvey CEO Tom Embley. "Our systems corral the waste in one place and Channeled Resources knows how to streamline logistics on a global scale so we're very confident in the future of this partnership."

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