Methodology for plastic packaging recyclability assessment published by RecyClass
04 Jun 2020

 document provides comprehensive information on the assessment methods used to assess and certify recyclability of a plastic package. By certifying packaging compatibility with a recycling process, the methodology is geared towards setting a level playing field for design for [...]

RecyClass specifies two Recyclability Assessments which are interconnected and have a dual qualitative-quantitative approach. They are based on the data compiled under the Design for Recycling Guidelines[1], as well as the Recyclability Protocols results[2].

The first one, Design-for-Recycling Certification, assesses a package qualitatively based on the online, self-assessment RecyClass tool. At the end of this analysis, a product under the evaluation is awarded a class that demonstrates its full (class A[3]), partial or no recyclability (class F). The second assessment, Recyclability Rate Certification, relies on a quantitative verification of a recyclablity claim. It uses a specific formula developed by RecyClass in line with the highest European standards. To allow for maximum transparency and impartiality, these Certifications are performed by recognised Certification Bodies and independent auditors[4].

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 in Procter & Gamble added: “The RecyClass Recyclability Methodology will undoubtedly help build confidence across the whole value chain including brand owners and, eventually, consumers.”

By providing detailed information, among others, on the modus operandi of the RecyClass freeware tool, its classes, as well as the full calculation procedure for the Recyclability Rate Certification, the Recyclability Methodology document lays down the exact methodology and its operationalization.

Value chain actors interested in these certifications shall contact RecyClass for more information.



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[3] The class ranking ranges from “A” to “F,”  where an “A” means that a packaging is designed to be fully recyclable, while a “F” indicates that the packaging is fully unrecyclable, and that the only unique available waste management option is energy recovery.

[4] More information in the Press Release – Design for Recycling: the value chain of plastics packaging works towards a harmonised assessment of recyclability