BillerudKorsnäs invested in recycling with the acquistion of a minority holding in the innovative company, Recycl3R. The company has developed a digital solution to increase recycling rates of single use packaging. The investment is made by BillerudKorsnäs’ wholly owned subsidiary BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which invests in young and innovative companies with solutions that will influence the future for packaging.
Waste production is one of the largest environmental problems that society faces today, and solving it is a big challenge. In Europe alone, 240 million tons of waste is produced but only 44% of it is recycled. Ivan Gonzalez, environmental lawyer and co-founder of Recycl3R said, “BillerudKorsnäs shares our vision of solving this global challenge and is an excellent partner and investor for Recycl3R.”
Recycl3R builds a database with information about the packaging material used for different consumer products. The company also understands the different recycling regulations and requirements around the world. This knowledge is used to guide consumers to the nearest recycling station and help them recycle correctly. The solution also makes it possible for producers and distributors to give consumers incentive to recycle more with gamification and by connecting value such as deposits or loyalty points to the different packaging materials.
The Recycl3R team has a background in environmental consulting, and the system was developed partly within the European ‘TagitSmart’ project. It has caught the interest of international retailers and brands with a mission to get more material back into recycling streams. Carrefour Spain has implemented the solution.
Martin Neselius, Venture manager at BillerudKorsnäs Venture says, “Packaging recycling is an area that we believe will be increasingly important in order to solve the environmental challenges ahead. Sustainability and digitalization connected to packaging are strategic focus-areas for BillerudKorsnäs Venture, and Recyc3R presents a very interesting opportunity based on their combined expertise in both areas.
“There are already steps taken towards legislation and restrictions regarding single use products, and we believe this development will continue. There is still a lot of work to do in order to ensure that more packaging enters the recycling stream and is recycled into new products. Recycl3R’s product supports increased and cleaner recycling streams for this purpose.”