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Reusing & Recycling

When we design our products and packaging, we look for solutions that do more with less and help support a circular economy where materials can be reused or repurposed.

Let’s work together to extend the use of our tools and give recyclable materials a second life.

Rethink, Reuse, Refill
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    Rethink, Reuse, Refill

    Reducing Our Impact

    Most Scotch™ Brand tape dispensers are designed to be refilled and reused. Refilling tape dispensers help eliminate thousands of pounds of plastic dispensers from the landfill:

    • The Scotch® Stainless Steel Dispenser Starter Pack adds sleek style and instant access to tape refills.
    • Look for Scotch™ Brand refill rolls in your favorite tape types.
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    Let Us Show You What We’re Made Of

    Recycled & Bio-based Materials

    From product to packaging, we continue to reduce virgin-material use by repurposing recycled and bio-based content. Here are just a few product examples we’ve engineered to help extend the life cycle of materials and reduce waste:

    • Scotch™ Cushion Lock™ Protective Wrap is created from 100% recycled paper and is curbside recyclable.
    • Scotch® Stainless Steel Dispenser Starter Pack packaging is made with 100% recycled paper board and tape created from 66% plant-based materials.
    • Scotch® Box Lock™ Paper Tape is made from 45% bio-based content and is curbside recyclable with the box.
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    A Fix For The Future

    Helping You Upcycle & Repair

    We can all do more to send less to the landfills. Instead of buying new, both professionals and DIYers can choose to upcycle and repair everyday items with Scotch™ Brand products:

    • Scotch® Painter's Tapes and Masking Tapes can help restore and reimagine cabinets, furniture, skateboards, sneakers and more.
    • Use Scotch™ Tapes and Adhesives to repair items like board games, books, frames and other household favorites.
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    A By-Product Of Better Engineering

    Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Manufacturing

    We have a long track record of reusing and recycling the by-products generated during the manufacturing of our products:

    • Our 3M plant in Hutchinson, Minnesota continues to reuse and recycle the by-products generated during the manufacturing of Scotch® Magic™ Tape, Scotch® Painter’s Tapes and other 3M products.
    • We’ve maintained our zero-waste-to-landfill status at our 3M plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky where our Scotch™ Packaging Tapes are proudly manufactured.
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Recyclable Ready by 2030

Recyclable Packaging

We are working toward having 100% of our packaging curbside recyclable by 2030. Here are some of the latest products we’ve engineered to help reach this important goal.

Our Masking Tapes sold in Europe are a great example of how we’ve started to transition our tape packaging to plastic-free and recyclable materials. It’s being rolled out across carpet, duct, mounting and masking tapes throughout Europe and is expected to reduce our plastic use by 17 tons annually.

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    Better Labeling, Brighter Future

    Simple Recycling Labels

    3M has been a long-standing member of the How2Recycling program which promotes the proper disposal and recycling of packaging.

    We are proud to join a coalition of forward-thinking brands who not only believe in the life cycle of their packaging, but also empower consumers through their smart packaging labels. The How2Recycle program has standardized these labels to communicate recycling instructions clearly and consistently to the public.

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