Henkel launches adhesives recycling program

Company partners with TerraCycle to recycle anaerobic adhesives.

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July 15, 2016

Düsseldorf, Germany-based Henkel Corp., a global manufacturer of adhesives, sealants and functional coating based in, has announced it is partnering with TerraCycle, Trenton, New Jersey, to become the first company worldwide to offer a recycling solution for anaerobic adhesives. 

Through the Adhesive Recycling Program, Henkel customers can purchase a postage-paid recycling box for used adhesive containers, which can then be sent to TerraCycle for processing. TerraCycle will thermally treat the containers and turn them into new plastic products. 
 
“As a company with a strong commitment to sustainability, we think this is a great way to offer an environmental solution to our customers,” says Simon Mawson, senior vice president of general adhesives, North America. “We hope they will appreciate the option of recycling used Loctite containers instead of sending material to landfills and incinerators and use it to achieve their own sustainability targets.” 
 
The company says it aims to triple efficiency by reducing its products’ environmental footprint at every stage of their life cycle by 2030. The Adhesive Recycling Program aligns with that initiative, diverting used adhesive containers from local landfills and incinerators, Henkel adds.
 
“We are breaking new ground with our Henkel partnership,” says TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “This is the first time we have recycled this category, and we hope it will be an eye opener to an industry that has previously not had an option to recycle adhesive containers.”
 
Henkel sales reps will reach out to customers about the program over the next few months. Interested companies also can contact their local Loctite distributors for more information.