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Advice on Recycling

Contra Vision® Window Films are REACH compliant which helps with end of life processing.

There is a common misconception that PVC cannot be recycled. In the EU area alone we are recycling the best part of a million tonnes of PVC per year. This is mainly non-composite materials which are sourced from the construction industry including piping, window frames etc.

The problem with perforated vinyl is that the end of life product is a composite material, consisting of white/black PVC, inks and an adhesive layer. However, Contra Vision has found companies which are willing to recycle the product if it is supplied in large quantities. This applies to perforated window film as well as other PVC graphics products of a similar nature.

Please contact us if you are a large printer, OOH or transit company and want to be an industry leader in sustainability. We can work together to develop solutions in your local area.

Contra Vision is developing perforated window films made from non-PVC. Please contact us if you are interested in testing the materials. Our range of non-perforated print media for windows is already non-PVC.

There are more existing recycling solutions available for plastics such as PET. However, it becomes much more difficult for composites such as used perforated window film, which include a thin layer of ink and an adhesive layer. We do not believe that PET is any easier to recycle in this form than PVC but would love to be proven wrong (please let us know).

Most paper is easy to recycle but silicone release liners used by the graphics industry are typically a problem. The paper is often impregnated with silicone and it is very difficult to separate the two materials. It should not enter standard paper recycling channels.

The good news is that the Contra Vision paper liner is a bit different. The paper can be separated from the silicone in water based solutions. Ever wondered what happens to the waste chads of material after the product is perforated? Well the waste is sent to a special plant where the paper pulp is separated and reused (we also recycle the remaining mix of silicone, PVC and adhesive to be used as aggregate).

Contra Vision is keen to work with large printers, transit companies and OOH companies to collect, consolidate and identify local solutions for handing used paper liners. Please contact us if you are interested to become involved.

All our paper and cardboard material is sourced from certified sustainable forests or recycled pulp.

The boxes and cardboard cores for our perforated window film can all be recycled through standard paper/cardboard streams.

The end bungs for our rolls are made from PE plastic. Like PET plastics, this can be picked up by most curbside recycling companies alongside other PE containers such as milk jugs, household cleaner bottles, etc.

The packing stripes for the outside of the box are made from a mixture of PP and PET. This will be accepted by some curbside companies – please check.

Bubble wrap and Polythene bag: Some councils now offer a household collection for the recycling of bubble wrap alongside plastic film and carrier bags but this is still limited. Alternatively, bubble wrap can be recycled along with plastic film and carrier bags at collection points such as supermarkets.