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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 to be reused in its original application.

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

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

  • Design for Recycling Certification classifies qualitatively from A to F the technical recyclability of final plastic packaging. All the recognized Certification Bodies can perform this assessment.
  • Recyclability Rate Certification rates the effective recyclability of final plastic packaging in a specific geographical area. Please check which Certification Body is available in the geographical area of your interest.
  • Letter of compatibility evaluates qualitatively the recyclability of semi-finished packaging. All the recognized Certification Bodies are can deliver a Letter of Compatibility.

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

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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 on the market is 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.


  • 3

    Sign a Certification Agreement and provide information

    Sign a Certification Agreement and an 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.

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    Organise an audit and obtain a Certificate

    The Certification is granted after the auditor successfully carries out the audit. The Certificate is valid for three years. After that, the audit must be renewed.

    The Letter of Compatibility possesses 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.