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Strapping and the Environment

Supplier: FROMM Packaging Australia
20 March, 2019

Polyester Strapping is now common place in Australian Industry. It is used to secure timber, bricks, steel, aluminium and an array of agricultural and logistical projects.

Polyester (PET) Strapping is now common place in Australian Industry. It is used to secure timber, bricks, steel, aluminium and an array of agricultural and logistical projects.

What is it and how do we get rid of it?

Polyester strapping is Polyethylene Terephthlate. In its various forms you may be wearing it (polyester shirt), walking on it (carpet backing), drinking from it (water bottle). It is prevalent in life.

For strapping, we recover and recycle water bottles, kerbside collections, recycling bins and the like are the starting points of strapping.

After the removal of contaminants (labels, lids and leftovers) the bottles are turned into flake and sold as "RPET" resin. there are various grades and for quality strapping, you need quality RPET.

The R & D process at the strapping manufacturing point identifies the correct qualities needed and the resin is turned in to 97.5% recycled polyester (PET) strap. A small anti split additive is added to the bigger dimensions to assist the chemical properties under stress and tension.

The strapping is wound on to a cardboard core (fully recyclable) and packaged on to a timber pallet (fully recyclable) and protected in a plastic shroud (fully recyclable).

Once the strapping has been used, it can be collected and recycled for further needs.

The used strapping is typically chopped into small pieces (50mm) and placed in bins or bags for collection and processing.

Plastic strapping in a closed loop supply chain has virtually no waste and can be reused endlessly. It's own packaging, cardboard, and LLDPE shrouds are all recyclable.

An excellent application and for larger businesses the use of PET strapping can assist with obligations under the Australian Packaging Covenant.