Recycling Plastic, Foam and Paper Packaging

Since the invention of Bubble Wrap® in 1960, Sealed Air has continued to lead the way in sustainable packaging by re-imagining our own operations along the way. Today, we use our own facilities as a laboratory for developing sustainability best practices. Our established shared culture of continuous improvement across our global operations has inspired new ways of managing operations and unlocking innovative opportunities to drive corporate sustainability. To help drive your company's sustainability practices, learn more about ways to recycle plastic, paper and foam packaging products. 

How to Recycle Our Products

Recycling Bubble Wrap packagingRecycling Bubble Wrap® Brand Air Cellular Packaging

Our high-performance Bubble Wrap® Brand air cellular material is manufactured with a Barrier Bubble® layer that retains air and maintains its cushioning performance. This makes it highly reusable, greatly reducing the amount of packaging material that enters the waste stream. Wherever possible, we suggest you reuse Sealed Air® air cellular cushioning material. Sealed Air utilizes a manufacturing process that co-extrudes a nylon barrier with the polyethylene for better air retention which increases its useful life expectancy. The best way to keep materials out of the waste stream is to use them as long as possible.

If you cannot reuse Sealed Air® air cellular cushioning material, it can be returned to one of the locations listed to the right; Attn.: Recycling / Return Program. Please ship prepaid. COD's will not be accepted. Materials may also be dropped off at these locations. Please call in advance and ask for the Recycling Coordinator. Polyethylene materials must be free of tape, labels or any foreign materials. Scrap must be segregated by type and bagged or baled. In countries, such as Germany, where laws mandate collection and recycling of used packaging, Our air cellular packaging fits within the established infrastructure.

Recycling Paper Packaging

Most Sealed Air® paper packaging products can be recycled with corrugated containers or as mixed paper. Those products which may include a polyethylene film backing should have the plastic backing removed before adding to the recycling stream, with the exception of Korrvu® suspension and retention packaging that can be recycled with the film in place. Sealed Air’s paper products are made of 100% recycled materials to help minimize environmental impact. TigerPad paper cushioning can be recycled with mixed paper. Additionally, the fiber is 100% renewable and all production scrap is reclaimed.

Recycling Korrvu paper packagingRecycling Korrvu® Packaging

Korrvu® packaging is manufactured using a standard corrugated fibreboard frame and can be easily recycled in the corrugated waste stream worldwide. Recycle Korrvu® packaging along with corrugated boxes through your normal recycling stream. Korrvu® packaging can be recycled with the film left in place. Corrugated hyrapulping facilities have been designed to recycle corrugated fibreboard which may include minor amounts of extraneous materials, such as plastic tape and labels commonly found on old corrugated containers (OCC). Korrvu® packaging is RESY approved for recycling in Germany and complies with all national and international requirements and mandates for disposal and recycling of packaging materials. Korrvu® packaging is shipped flat and assembled on-site, as needed. The high-performance design can easily be reused and is made from renewable cellulose paper fibers. It is easily recycled with common corrugated boxes.

Recycling Air Pillow Packaging

If you are sending Fill-Air®, Fill-Air® RF or Rapid Fill® material to for recycling, please do the following:

  • Deflate (by poking a hole in the bag) and flatten the bags.
  • Fold the flattened material and place it inside an appropriate sized envelope or small carton.
  • Affix the appropriate postage to the shipping envelope or carton.
  • Address the envelope or carton to our address.

Our Fill-Air® bags are re-useable. Please re-use them in other packages wherever possible. Fill-Air® RF inflatable packaging cushions can be manually reinflated with a drinking straw for reuse. Fill-Air®, Fill-Air® RF and Rapid Fill® bags may be recycled as described below.

Fill Air® Inflatable void fill products expand on-site. A cubic foot of inflated cells, when deflated, will lose 99.3% of its volume. The deflated cells can be sent to any of a number of Sealed Air locations where they will be recycled back into LDPE.

Fill-Air<sup>®</sup> RF bagFill-Air bags

North America, United States

Ameri-Pak, Inc. , Sealed Air Recycle Center , 477 South Woods Dr. , Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644  Tel: +1-800-982-6197

Europe, Netherlands 

Sealed Air B.V , Lindenhoutseweg 45 , 6545 AH Nijmegen  Tel: +31-24-3710111

Bags can be sent for recycling to the facility listed to the right or can be dropped off at local stores, that collect low and high density polyethylene films. Go to How2Recycle.info for more information on local recycling drop off centers in your area.

What happens to the Fill-Air® and Rapid Fill® material once it is received at the recycle center?

Upon receipt of the material, it will be ground up and re-pelletized, so it can be used to make a variety of products from trash bags to automotive parts, which can also be recycled.

Recycling Instapak foam packagingInstapak® Foam Return Program

This packaging material is comprised of a creamy yellow polyurethane foam encased in a silver, white or pink polyethylene film. The cushion (both foam and film) can be returned to Sealed Air. We have established 27 return centers worldwide for Instapak® foam cushions. The cushions may be returned to the locations listed below, attn: Foam Return Program.

Instapak® foam requires less cushioning material in each pack, reducing package size and weight. By expanding on-site as much as 200 times, it reduces the number of trucks needed for distribution. Material can also be returned to any Sealed Air location. In those communities where municipal Waste-To- Energy (WTE) incineration facilities are available, Instapak® provides a positive waste-to-combustion contribution.

Please ship the cushions prepaid (CODs will not be accepted). If you prefer to drop the material off, please call the site in advance. The cushions may be bagged, baled or boxed. The foam must be clean, dry and not adhered to any corrugated (cardboard) material. Some recipients collect the foam in the largest available box that does not incur "oversize" charges through UPS or FedEx Ground and compress as much foam as possible into the box before sending it to us.

In addition to our return locations, some local packaging stores accept the material for reuse, especially if the size of the individual cushions is not overly large. Check for local acceptance.

In countries, such as Germany, where laws mandate collection and recycling of used packaging, Instapak® foam fits within the established infrastructure.

Recycling polyethylene foam packagingRecycling Polyethylene Foam

We are committed to increasing sustainability by enhancing the performance of our PE foam products with decreased use of natural resources in manufacturing by increasing recycled content. Our PE foams are classified as #4 low-density PE (LDPE) material and can be recycled in LDPE recycling systems, including our Closed Loop Recycling program. Learn more at recyclepefoam.com.

Sealed Air® polyethylene foams may be returned for recycling at the locations listed in the right column. Please mark these Attn. : Recycling / Return Program. Please ship prepaid. COD's will not be accepted. Materials may be dropped off at these locations with an advanced call to the Recycling Coordinator. Polyethylene materials must be free of tape, labels or any foreign materials. Scrap must be segregated by type and bagged or baled.

In countries, such as Germany, where laws mandate collection and recycling of used packaging, Sealed Air® polyethylene foams fit within the established infrastructure.