Does the Application of Passive UHF Tags to Corrugate Boxes Affect Their Recyclability?

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Ask The ExpertsDoes the Application of Passive UHF Tags to Corrugate Boxes Affect Their Recyclability?
RFID Journal Staff asked 6 years ago

Would the presence of tag antennas pose an obstacle to recycling efforts?

—Name withheld

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The answer would depend on the type of tag being used. Certainly, a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag with an etched metal antenna would need to be removed before the corrugate could be recycled. It is possible to recycle tags made with printed inks. I am unsure if antennas made from laser-cut aluminum sheets would affect the recycling of the corrugate; I don’t think it would, but perhaps one of our readers can confirm this.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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