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[GreenYes] RE: Purchasing specifications - environmentally benign pressure sensitive adhesives

Yes, this is a continuing problem. The US Post Office has developed a compatible adhesive and the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute has a model spec (, but it doesn't seem too widely used.

In the last few weeks, both Waste Age and World Watch had inserts using "sticky snot" glues that cause major headaches for paper recyclers.


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From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address]On Behalf Of Helen Spiegelman
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 2:22 PM
To: GreenYes@no.address
Subject: [GreenYes] Re: Purchasing specifications - environmentally benign pressure sensitive adhesives

Hi John/List:

Gosh, hard to believe we don't have a handle on the stickie problem yet. I wrote about it over 10 years ago when I was with the Recycling Council of BC. AT that time there was a US organization called "Inter-Association Council for Printing and Publishing Paper Recycling", formed 1989 to deal with it. The Magazine Publishers of America did a report on stickies. Similar efforts to bring "stakeholders" together happened in Canada. You might Google these associations.

Purchasing policies are a pressure tool -- but it's nice to know the state of industry readiness. Problem with adhesives is they are buried in the supply chain.


At 11:56 AM 2/27/2006, Reindl, John wrote:

Does anyone know of any local or state purchasing specifications for the use of environmentally benign pressure sensitive adhesives?

Last week, a speaker at the Wisconsin Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Waste Materials and Recovery said that the three biggest problems facing the paper recycling industry are stickies, stickies and stickies.

Besides the work of the Task Force, the Wisconsin Council on Recycling is also working to reduce the use of pressure sensitive adhesives that are not compatible with recycling.

Thanks much,

John Reindl
Dane County, WI

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