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Henkel Expands Adhesive Recycling Program

TRENTON, NJ | Henkel, a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, including the Loctite brand, and TerraCycle are building on the success of their Adhesive Recycling Program. Henkel, in partnership with TerraCycle, reportedly was the first company worldwide to offer a recycling solution for anaerobic adhesive packaging, and now is adding light cure adhesive technologies packaging to the program. Through the Adhesive Recycling Program, Henkel customers can now purchase a postage-paid recycling box that they fill with used LOCTITE adhesive containers and send 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, Henkel senior VP 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.”

Henkel says sustainability is one of its core corporate values. By the year 2030, the company aims to triple efficiency by reducing its products’ environmental footprint at every stage of the product life cycle. The Adhesive Recycling Program aligns with that initiative, diverting used LOCTITE containers from local landfills and incinerators.

“We broke new ground with our Henkel partnership, as it was the first time we recycled this category,” says TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky. “With the continued development of this successful program, we hope it will be an ongoing eye opener to an industry that has previously not had an option to recycle adhesive containers.”


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