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Plastic Packaging Recyclability Assessment Published by RecyClass

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Using an online self-assessment tool, products can be ranked from A to F, depending on whether they are fully, partially, or not recyclable.

Brussels-based RecyClass announced the publication of a document providing comprehensive information on the assessment methods used to evaluate and certify recyclability of plastic packaging, “RecyClass Recyclability Methodology.”

RecyClass specifies two recyclability assessments that are interconnected and have a dual qualitative-quantitative approach. They are based on data compiled under the Design for Recycling Guidelines, as well as the Recyclability Protocols Results.

Design-for-Recycling Certification assesses a packaging qualitatively based on the online self-assessment RecyClass tool. At the end of this analysis, a product is classified depending on whether it is fully, partially, or not recyclable. The rankings range from A to F, where an A means that a package is designed to be fully recyclable, while an F indicates that the packaging is fully unrecyclable and that the only available waste-management option is energy recovery. The classification process uses a formula developed by RecyClass in line with the highest European standards. To allow for maximum transparency and impartiality, the certifications are performed by recognized certification bodies and independent auditors.

Paolo Glerean, RecyClass Chairman, commented: “With these certifications we are aiming at delivering a transparent and coherent approach to recyclability of plastic packaging, coming a step closer to a common industry understanding.”

Gian De Belder, Chairman of the RecyClass Advisory Board and Packaging Technologist at Procter & Gamble, added: “The RecyClass Recyclability Methodology will undoubtedly help build confidence across the whole value chain, including [among] brand owners and, eventually, consumers.”

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