Driving recyclability of plastic packaging with harmonised protocols

Prof. Rageart (then UGent, now University of Maastricht) and Prof. Gerke (Hochschule Magdeburg – Stendal) peer-reviewed the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols for PE and PP films and containers [1] to harmonise them, make them more robust and bring more transparency to how they are elaborated. Professor Gerke commented: “These two aspects are key drivers for increasing recyclability of plastic products.”

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The objective of this revision was to, additionally, improve the procedures and receive academic feedback on how to assess recyclability in a transparent and verifiable manner. The peer-review allowed to bring more clarity for some procedures, introduce the definition of control material, harmonise the protocols, and better define the scope of the protocols. “The RecyClass protocols provide a clear metric for companies to assess the impact of their Design for Recycling efforts,” said Professor Ragaert, “simply by existing, they help pave the way for increased circularity of plastics,” she added.

RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols, are the basis for elaborating Design For Recycling Guidelines which in turn provide information on how different components of packaging must be manufactured to be compatible with recycling. Design for Recycling Guidelines, fundamental in granting recyclability certification, are developed for the most common plastic packaging types with an existing recycling stream in Europe, whether flexible or rigid, for food or non-food contact applications.

This peer-review of the RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols was only the starting point on the way towards further improving and harmonising the procedures. RecyClass’ objective is to continuously refine the different procedures. RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols will be revised on yearly basis by the respective Technical Committees to fit at best the state of the art plastic recycling processes and requirements in Europe.




Driving Recyclability of Plastic Packaging with Harmonised Protocols

RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols

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