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RecyClass Recyclability Certification evaluates the compatibility of plastic packaging with the entire waste management chain, which includes collection, sorting, recycling, and ability of the recycled material of being reused in its original application.

The Audit Scheme requirements were developed in alignment with RecyClass Recyclability Methodology and are continuously updated based on the RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines

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    Check your eligibility for the Certification

    To be eligible for the recyclability assessment, all design features of your packaging must be covered by the RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines

    Moreover, only final packaging as placed in the market are eligible for the Certification as any further alteration of the design may change the recycling compatibility. Nevertheless, semi-finished packaging can still be evaluated and receive a Letter of Compatibility. 

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    Choose a Certification Body and submit an application

    To get certified, you are invited to contact one of the Certification Bodies listed below who will guide you through the process. Recognised Certification Bodies are independent third party bodies.


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    Sign a Certification Agreement and provide information

    Sign a Certification Agreement and NDA to officialize the application. Certification Body will provide a list of documentation needed to assess the process and products to be certified prior to the audit.

  • 4

    Organise an audit and obtain a Certificate

    The Certification is granted after the auditor successfully carries out the audit. The Certificate’s validity is three years. After that, the audit will be renewed.

    The Letter of Compatibility posseses the same conditions of validity. 

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    Use the RecyClass claims and logos to raise awareness

    Organizations are welcome to use the corresponding RecyClass logo for certified products.

    More information on how to use the logos and claims can be found in the Use of Claims Guidance.


RecyClass developed several types of recyclability assessments of plastic packaging, answering the needs of the entire plastic value chain.

Packaging entirely covered by the Design for Recycling guidelines can be evaluated as follows :

  • Design for Recycling Certification, which allows classifying qualitatively from A to F the technical recyclability of a final plastic packaging on the EU market. All the recognized Certification Bodies are accredited for this assessment.
  • Recyclability Rate Certification, which allows rating the effective recyclability of a final plastic packaging with an associated formula reported in the recyclability methodology in the specific geographical area for which the assessment is conducted. Please, check which Certification Body is available in the geographical are of interest for your business.
  • Letter of compatibility, which allows to evaluate the recyclability of semi-finished packaging qualitatively and based on the Design for Recycling Certification. All the recognized Certification Bodies are accredited to deliver a Letter of Compatibility.

For further information please refer to the Recyclability Methodology, Audit Documentation, FAQ section or contact us.