Recyclable Wax Alternatives
Traditionally, some corrugated containers have been treated with wax coatings to provide moisture and vapor protection for safely transporting products requiring it (such as broccoli, usually packed in ice). Wax coatings cannot be recycled because they do not dissolve in water, so they create problems in the repulping process. The industry has worked diligently to develop recyclable alternatives, many of which are now becoming commercially available. These can be certified repulpable and recyclable by passing an industry-standard testing protocol.
Voluntary Standard For Recyclable Wax Alternatives
The Voluntary Standard For Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard Treated to Improve Its Performance in the Presence of Water and Water Vapor is an industry-standard testing protocol to certify repulpable and recyclable wax alternatives.
Click here for access the Voluntary Standard.
Click here for the application and materials forms in Microsoft Word format.
Click here for a Fact Sheet about recyclable wax alternatives.
Note: Suppliers have the responsibility to provide sufficient information to their customers to enable them to manufacture product with treatment levels not exceeding the tested/registered maximums. Also, suppliers should advise their customers that in order to use the “Corrugated Recycles – A” symbol, the customers must file an “Option B” registration with the Fibre Box Association. There are no testing or registration costs associated with an “Option B” Registration. The customers also must acknowledge in the “Option B” registration that they have received sufficient information to manufacture their recyclable wet strength products within the tested/registered treatment maximums.
Voluntary Standard Testing Labs
The following are labs running protocol for the Voluntary Standard For Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard Treated to Improve Its Performance in the Presence of Water and Water Vapor.
- NC State University
Department of Wood & Paper Science
Contact: Kevin Wise, Director of Applied Research and Pilot Plant Manager
Dept. of Wood and Paper Science
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8005
Raleigh, NC 27695
Telephone: (919) 515-7761 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Western Michigan University Pilot Plant
Contact: Lon E Pschigoda II, General Manager – Pilot Plants (Paper, Coating, Recycling, Printing, Digester)
Website Address: http://www.wmich.edu/pilotplants/
Western Michigan University
4651 Campus Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5441
Telephone: (269) 276-3533 Cell: (269) 689-9612 Email: email@example.com