Can Packing Tape Be Recycled?

Phoenix Tape Recycled Packing Tape

When it comes to recycling traditional packaging materials, such as cardboard boxes and packing paper, the process is often a no-brainer. These items can almost always be recycled according to local guidelines in many curbside recycling programs. But what about packing tape? Can packing tape be recycled? The short answer is that it depends on the type of tape. In this article, we’ll explore in-depth answers to these questions to help you and your customers practice environmentally-friendly recycling habits that advance your sustainability efforts – while being gentle on Mother Earth.

Packing tape that you can recycle

While most packing tapes are not recyclable, such as polypropylene and PVC tape, there is one option that is: paper packing tape. Also known as “Kraft” tape, paper tape is an eco-friendly and water-activated packaging material that is sustainably produced and free of petroleum. Both the paper and the water-based adhesive are recyclable, making it easy to recycle paper tape right along with your shipping boxes and other recyclable packaging materials.

If your company is looking to “go green,” consider these earth-friendly advantages of paper tape:

  • 100% recyclable, including the water-based adhesive
  • No need to remove it before recycling your boxes
  • Bonds securely to new or recycled cardboard, including dirty or dusty surfaces

Even with its inherent environmental benefits, water-activated paper tape does have its downsides to consider before going with this option. For starters, it must be used in conjunction with a desktop paper tape dispenser that uses a built-in water brush to moisten the tape and trigger its strong adhesive. As opposed to portable handheld tape dispensers for other packing tapes, this dispenser stays put. So, you’ll need to bring the packaging to the dispenser rather than the dispenser to the packaging. Additionally, some customers find that the ultra-sticky adhesive can be somewhat cumbersome.

Beyond its recyclability, many companies love paper tape for ingrained fiberglass threads that form a permanent bond that enhances security. It’s the ideal eco-friendly solution that works well for soft goods and sealing heavy or overfilled containers. And its odor-free properties make it suitable for pharmaceuticals and food products.

What to do with packing tape that cannot be recycled:

If paper tape isn’t the right choice for you, consider other options such as polypropylene and PVC. These tapes are widely used in many different applications. And while they aren’t recyclable, you can still recycle the boxes the tape has sealed. In most cases, you don’t need to remove the tape before recycling because it usually falls away naturally when the cardboard is soaked and reduced to a pulp during the recycling process.

However, there are a couple of exceptions:

  1. Too much packing tape – Excessive amounts of plastic packing tape can get snagged in recycling machines. In these cases, it’s best to strip polypropylene or PVC tape before tossing your boxes in the recycling bin.
  2. Municipality removal requirements – Some municipalities and trash haulers require you to remove plastic packing tape before recycling boxes. Be sure to check with your local guidelines to determine the appropriate recycling standards.

Recyclability resources to check out

Because the packing tape recycling advice in this article is intended as a guideline, it’s best to get in touch with your local municipality to learn more about recycling in your area. For even more insights on environmentally-friendly practices for business, explore the following national and state resources:

Whether it’s recyclability, strong adhesion, or something else, your goals matter to us. Let us help you determine the best custom packing tape for your needs. Contact our sales and design professionals, and let’s get rolling!

What’s the Difference Between PVC and Polypropylene Tape?

Custom PVC Packaging Tapes

Although they’re made from plastic materials, there are several differences between PVC and polypropylene tape.  Before you choose a custom packing tape, it’s important to understand these differences, as different tapes will work better for different applications.

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Why Use Custom Printed Tape?

A huge shift is occurring across the country with business shifting towards shipping directly to consumers.  A necessary requirement is obviously tape.  Getting the most out of your tape is more important than ever before.  From the ever-prevalent polypropylene tape to the incredibly strong paper tape and the versatility of PVC tape Phoenix Tape can provide you with what you need.

Here are a few reasons why you should choose custom printed packing tape over plain tape for your future shipments.

Printed packaging tape1. Promoting your brand and building trust

Printed tape helps your brand get noticed and builds trust. From the moment you seal your package and send it on its way to the moment it arrives at your customer’s doorstep, everyone who encounters your tape will also see your company name, logo, slogan, etc. and know that the contents are intact and secure.  Even before they open their package your custom printed packing tape will show how much you care about your products and your customers.

Piggy Bank Save money buy printed tape2. Saving money

When you use custom printed packing tape to promote your brand, you don’t have to worry about printing your name/logo on boxes.

Printed boxes can be costly, when you factor in things like setting up plates and colored dyes, the complexity of your artwork and whether you’ll be printing on multiple sizes. You’re also likely to need larger boxes to fit your logo, which means more space in your warehouse.

Plain boxes tend to cost less. You can buy them in smaller quantities than printed boxes, which saves you on the cost of materials and storage.

3. Security

Printed tape protects your products against pilfering and tampering. It’s easy for someone to cut open a piece of plain tape and replace it. But if they tamper with your unique printed tape, people receiving your products will know.  Having that sense of security is more important than ever.

4. Storage and handling

Are you shipping delicate products? Is your product something that needs to be stored at a certain temperature? Does the box contain perishable food items?  Your tape can let people know, carrying messages like “Fragile” or “Handle with care” or “Refrigerate upon receiving” to make sure your products are handled and stored the right way.

Are you ready to make the switch to custom printed packing tape? Phoenix Tape can help. We’ve spent more than 30 years creating secure, eye-catching printed tape offerings for our clients.

Some of our more popular tapes include:

  • Polypropylene tape – This tape is great for printing in long runs, as the polymer plate used in the printing process offers a lot of detail. It’s also an affordable choice that comes in a range of different thicknesses.
  • PVC tape – This tape is versatile and manageable, and even thicker and stronger than polypropylene. PVC tape takes more pressure to stick, but once it holds, it holds fast and to a wider range of surfaces.
  • Paper tape – All of our tapes are strong, but paper tape offers an extra dose of strength thanks to the fiberglass threads running through it. It’s useful in industries that ship softer goods such as clothing, or in businesses that have products that aren’t easy to stack.

These are just a few of the tape varieties we offer. Contact us today to find the perfect custom printed packing tape for your products.

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What’s the Difference Between Hot Melt and Acrylic Adhesive?

Plastic polymer

If there’s one theme we return to over and over on this blog, it’s the idea that not all tapes are the same. One of the differences is in the two types of adhesives used to make the tapes stick, hot melt and acrylic.

In this blog post, we’ll look at the difference between these two adhesives and how these distinctions might affect your choice of custom tape.

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6 Elements That Make a Good Logo for Custom Printed Tape

Desinging Logos

One of the best things about custom printed tape is that it allows you to create a packing tape with a logo. Anyone who receives – or even sees – your packaging also encounters your brand.

Think of each strip of tape as a micro billboard for your company. What do you want your customers to see – and more importantly, to feel – when they see your logo?

The key to designing a logo that’s memorable – for all the right reasons – lies with these elements. Continue reading “6 Elements That Make a Good Logo for Custom Printed Tape”

Are You Using the Right Tape?

Printed Packing Tapes

We’ve been creating custom shipping tape for the last 35 years and if there’s one thing we’re confident telling our customers it’s that not every type of tape is right for every job.

Today we’re going to look at some of the different tapes of tape we offer and their key selling points. It’s our hope that this guide helps you determine which type of custom shipping tape you need. Continue reading “Are You Using the Right Tape?”

Packing Tape 101

Packing tape seems simple: Some plastic – or in some cases, paper – combined with an adhesive to keep a box or other packaging secure during transit.

The truth is much more complicated. Not every tape is the same. Some varieties of printed packing tape are better suited to certain jobs than others.

In this blog post, we’ll break down the basics of our tapes and which types of tape work best for different applications. Continue reading “Packing Tape 101”

What Color Tape Should I Choose?

Group of printed tape

Different colors trigger different responses in our brains. That’s what the study of color psychology is all about, the study of how different hues affect our emotions.

And that’s an important consideration when choosing your company logo and deciding what colors to pick when designing printed packing tape.

Read on to learn more about what colors are offered and which ones are popular

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What Type of Tape Should I Use?

Printed polypropylene-tape

Most of us know that different tapes have different jobs. You wouldn’t use Scotch tape for home repairs, nor would you break out a roll of duct tape to wrap presents.

The same is true in the world of custom packing tape. PVC tape, polypropylene tape, paper or flat back tape: they’re all highly-effective tapes, but there are some situations where one might work better than the others. Let’s take a closer look at the features of these different tapes.

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