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Traceability
28 Jun 2024
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Explore the critical importance of traceability in ensuring product safety, quality, and compliance across various sectors. From the food industry to manufacturing, understand how advanced traceability systems like Polytag can transform business operations and consumer trust.Read more
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GS1 Standards
26 Jun 2024
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In the dynamic world of global commerce, GS1 standards are essential for businesses aiming to enhance supply chain efficiency and transparency. These standards, including barcodes, QR codes, and RFID tags, provide a universal language for product identification and tracking. Polytag, a GS1-certified partner, leverages these standards to ensure compliance, accuracy, and trust in global trade. Explore how GS1 standards evolve with emerging technologies like blockchain and IoT, and their pivotal role in fostering a sustainable, efficient digital economy.Read more
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14 Jun 2024
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Polytag and Biffa have teamed up with Ocado Retail, Co-op, and Aldi in RECOUP's 'Bottle to Bottle' project to provide unprecedented real-time packaging lifecycle data. Using UV 2D tags and advanced monitoring, this initiative empowers retailers with actionable insights to enhance their sustainability strategies. Discover how this groundbreaking collaboration is shaping the future of recycling and driving the circular economy forward.Read more
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15 May 2024
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Polytag has introduced the Polytag Ecotrace Programme, with M&S as a founding partner, to transform the UK’s recycling system. This initiative leverages Invisible UV Tag technology to provide real-time data on single-use plastic packaging recycling. By deploying UV Tag detection equipment in key recycling centres, the programme offers unprecedented insights into the lifecycle of plastic packaging, promoting accurate sorting and cleaner recycled materials. FMCG brands and retailers are encouraged to join this innovative scheme to drive sustainability and compliance with upcoming regulations. Learn more about how Polytag is revolutionising recycling at their website.Read more
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15 Dec 2023
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Polytag, the award-winning recycling tech company, has announced a 50% growth fueled by strategic partnerships with leading UK retailers and drinks brands. To support its ambitious plans, Polytag has strengthened its team with two key appointments: Virlina Choquette as Head of Client Experience and Delivery, and Phil Bisby as Lead Developer Engineer. These new additions will enhance Polytag's innovative recycling technology, which uses QR codes and Invisible UV Tags to provide real-time packaging lifecycle data. Learn more about Polytag's mission to revolutionise the recycling industry and promote sustainability at their website.Read more
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The RECOUP Plastic Resource and Recycling Conference 2023
17 Oct 2023
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Recently, Polytag's Project Manager, Rosa Knox-Bradley, participated in the RECOUP Plastic Resource and Recycling Conference 2023, a pivotal gathering within the plastics recycling sector. This event not only fostered connections among SMEs, NGOs, and government bodies but also showcased groundbreaking solutions driving the industry forward. The conference was a vibrant platform for discussing future-oriented strategies and celebrating the achievements of those leading the charge in plastic sustainability. We look forward to continuing these important conversations and witnessing further innovations at next year's conference.Read more
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22 Sept 2023
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We are excited to announce the launch of our new Polytag website! Redesigned with you in mind, our site now offers an enriched user experience with enhanced features like detailed insights into QR and Invisible Tag Technology, updated blog content, and direct access to our expert team. Dive into our world to explore innovative solutions and partnerships that are shaping the future of recycling technology. Join us in navigating the advancements that Polytag brings to the environmental tech landscape.Read more
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Aldi becomes latest retailer to seek more recycling information
15 Jun 2023
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Aldi is intensifying its environmental initiatives by focusing on acquiring more detailed recycling information, a move that underscores its commitment to sustainability. This effort aims to refine the retailer's packaging strategies and contribute significantly to broader ecological objectives, demonstrating Aldi’s proactive approach in promoting responsible recycling practices among its consumers and within its supply chain.Read more
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Aldi - Invisible UV Tags
31 May 2023
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Aldi has partnered with Polytag to gain unprecedented packaging traceability data using invisible UV tags on milk packaging. This collaboration allows Aldi to capture real-time recycling data at Biffa Teesside, providing insights into the quantity of packaging recycled and enabling the retailer to track its sustainability performance accurately. Polytag’s CEO, Alice Rackley, highlights the importance of data in tackling the waste problem, while Luke Emery, Plastics and Packaging Director at Aldi UK, expresses excitement about using this technology to accelerate their sustainability goals. Explore how Polytag’s innovative technology supports retailers in making significant progress towards sustainability.Read more
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Co-op Employs Polytag’s Recycling Technology
14 Apr 2023
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Co-op is setting a new standard in sustainable packaging by partnering with Polytag to apply unique QR codes and UV tags to its own-label spring water bottles. This initiative provides unparalleled visibility into the recycling journey of each bottle, offering real-time data to Co-op and supporting the advancement of a circular recycling economy. The technology not only aims to improve recycling rates but also empowers consumers and businesses to track and manage the lifecycle of packaging materials more effectively.Read more
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Co-op case study
4 Apr 2023
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Co-op and Polytag are setting a new industry standard with the introduction of unique-every-time QR codes and UV tags on Co-op's own-label spring water bottles. This groundbreaking technology offers the retailer unprecedented visibility of packaging during the recycling process, enabling real-time insights and supporting a circular economy. The QR codes, compliant with GS1 standards, provide consumers with information about Co-op’s sustainability efforts and can be used for loyalty rewards and deposit redemptions. The UV tags, invisible to the human eye, capture detailed recycling data. Polytag’s CEO, Alice Rackley, and Co-op’s Packaging Manager, Rob Thompson, highlight the significant impact of this innovation on sustainability and packaging accountability. Explore how this technology is shaping the future of recycling and sustainability.Read more
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1 Feb 2023
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Polytag, a leader in recycling technology, has developed UV tag reading technology to enhance packaging traceability within the circular economy. This innovative solution, created with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, provides detailed lifecycle data, aiding brands, legislators, and recycling operators in improving recycling rates and complying with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Discover how Polytag is setting new standards in packaging traceability and sustainability.Read more
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Lets Recycle: Co-op and Polytag to track bottles’ recycling journey
25 Nov 2022
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Co-op partners with Polytag to enhance recycling transparency using UV tag technology in a new trial in North Wales. Discover how this initiative will provide Co-op with detailed data on the recycling journey of plastic bottles, aiding in the development of more efficient recycling practices and supporting UK sustainability goals.Read more
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Traceability UV Tag Reader Pilot
10 Nov 2022
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Polytag is revolutionizing recycling with the installation of UV Tag Readers in facilities across England and Wales. This cutting-edge technology enhances the traceability of plastic packaging by capturing data from 2D data matrixes printed in UV ink. Brands and local authorities can leverage this data to comply with upcoming environmental legislation such as Extended Producer Responsibility and Digital Deposit Return Schemes. Polytag's mission to describe, tag, and trace materials within the circular economy is paving the way for a more sustainable future with improved data access and understanding.Read more
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Pilots | Wells Dairy Farm QR Code Printing
13 Jul 2022
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Polytag's groundbreaking pilot at Wells Dairy Farm successfully printed 40,000 unique-every-time QR codes using standard plate-printing technology. These GS1-compliant codes are essential for implementing a digital Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), which offers numerous benefits to consumers, retailers, local authorities, and brands. By enabling precise tracking of packaging throughout its lifecycle, Polytag's innovation promotes a more efficient circular economy. Scanning these unique QR codes directs customers to informative landing pages, enhancing engagement and supporting sustainability efforts. Discover how Polytag is revolutionizing recycling and waste management.Read more
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Who We Are - Pioneers of RecTech
1 Jun 2022
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Polytag is at the forefront of recycling technology (RecTech), offering innovative solutions to address climate challenges and help the UK achieve Net Zero by 2050. Their technology supports UK Plastics Pact and UN sustainable goals, ensuring all packaging remains within the circular economy. As sustainability becomes a commercial imperative, Polytag's tag and trace technology enables businesses to operate more sustainably and maintain commercial success. Recently approved by GS1 UK, Polytag continues to lead in maintaining and adopting GS1 standards, supporting members to grow and innovate. Explore Polytag's certified products and their commitment to a sustainable future.Read more
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Polytag CEO recognised by Innovate UK
6 May 2022
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In a significant acknowledgment on International Women’s Day, Polytag CEO Alice Rackley was honored with Innovate UK's Women in Innovation Award. This accolade, which includes a £50,000 funding boost and expert mentoring, recognises her pioneering work in advancing sustainable packaging solutions. Alice's vision for Polytag addresses the urgent need for accountability in the lifecycle of single-use packaging, promising a transformative impact on environmental responsibility in the FMCG sector.Read more
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Pilots | Demonstration Day
10 Mar 2022
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In early 2022, Polytag hosted a series of demonstration days at AMRC Cymru, welcoming over 100 guests from 50 top brands. These sessions showcased Polytag's cutting-edge technology, including high-speed serialized QR code printing, UV tagging, and Digital Deposit Return Schemes. Attendees saw firsthand how Polytag enables real-time packaging data access and direct-to-consumer marketing through intuitive dashboards and apps. This technology supports brands in meeting upcoming legislation requirements, such as DRS, PPT, and EPR, while fostering a circular economy. Learn more about Polytag's innovative solutions and their impact on sustainability and packaging traceability.Read more
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How Polytag Technology Works
20 Nov 2021
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Polytag technology is at the forefront of optimizing the packaging circular economy, enabling sustainable practices through Digital Deposit Return Schemes, Extended Producer Responsibility, and Plastic Packaging Tax compliance. By providing describe, tag, and trace solutions, Polytag ensures full supply chain visibility and data sharing, benefiting governments, brands, packaging producers, printers, and recyclers. Discover how Polytag supports a more sustainable future by enhancing the traceability and reprocessing of packaging materials, ultimately reducing reliance on virgin materials and minimizing environmental impact.Read more
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5 May 2021
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Polytag collaborates with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre Cymru, leveraging state-of-the-art facilities to validate and enhance its revolutionary tag and trace technology. This partnership aims to optimise printing technologies, secure data transfer, and integrate digital deposit return schemes with financial systems. Join us in pioneering sustainable packaging solutions.Read more
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  • What are Invisible UV Tags from Polytag?
    Aldi successfully trialled the deployment of Polytag’s invisible UV tags – printed by leading self-adhesive label manufacturer Interket UK – onto its packaging in 2023. With the company’s unique readers installed at the Biffa Teeside recycling centre, item-level recycling data was captured in real-time, providing Aldi with insights on the quantity of its packaging that is actually recycled and allowing the retailer to track an item’s journey through the recycling process. This previously inaccessible packaging lifecycle information will help the supermarket accurately measure and track its performance against its sustainability targets, such as halving its plastic footprint by 2025.
  • Recycling Initiatives With Unique-every-time QR codes and UV tags
    Polytag’s successful partnership with Co-op Spring Water utilised unique-every-time QR codes and UV tags on their PET 2-litre spring water bottles offering the convenience retailer unprecedented visibility of its packaging during the recycling process. The unique-every-time QR codes were applied to the pack labels by Co-op’s bottled water supplier at standard label application speeds, meaning no loss to production efficiency. The QR codes are GS1 compliant and take consumers to a Co-op landing page detailing information about both the retailer’s sustainability and charitable commitments. Within the unique-every-time QR code there is a serial number which can be used to handle fraud-proof rewards, assign loyalty points and secure deposit redemptions. A UV tag layer invisible to the human eye was printed by Tipografic using UV flexographic inks and applied across the label. This UV tag layer enables barcode level information to be captured in the recycling centre and is uploaded to Polytag’s intuitive, cloud-based analytics dashboard, providing the retailer with real-time insights on whether packaging is actually recycled, and in what volumes. Both the visible QR codes and ‘hidden’ UV tags pave the way for a cost-effective, Digital Deposit Return Scheme (DDRS). In future, scanning the unique QR code on used product packaging, has the potential to allow consumers to reclaim their deposit via their smartphones, from home. The printing of UV tags provides key supply chain stakeholders – manufacturers, retailers and recycling authorities – access to unique packaging lifecycle data, including where and when it was produced and the percentage of recycled material it contains, protecting against fraud.