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What happens to Tyvek® used in the graphics industry after it’s no longer useful?

DuPont™ Tyvek® is a material made of high density polyethylene that is 100% recyclable – and this is the recommended method for disposal. However, Tyvek® is safe for all end-use disposal methods.
Recycling is the method of choice for many printers and large volume users of printed products who have been seeking a responsible and simple alternative to adding to the nation’s landfills. 

To make it easier for U.S. customers to recycle Tyvek®, DuPont partnered with Waste Management to launch a recycling program for envelopes, signs, banners and other printed materials made with Tyvek®.

Since its launch in April, this program has been highly successful.  In the first month, more than 200 recycling kits were ordered resulting in more than 25,000 pounds of Tyvek® being recycled. 

Once recycled, Tyvek® items are repurposed for other products such as decking, playground equipment and corrugated pipes.  Or perhaps your favorite bench in your neighborhood park!

Annette Kim is North American Marketing Manager, DuPont Graphics.  She invites you to email your questions and comments to her at Annette.Y.Kim@usa.dupont.com.