The recyclability of a specific product is determined by the recyclability of the different components of a packaging and their combination in a specific recycling stream. Before being able to determine the recyclability of a specific packaging, the recyclability of each of the components needs to be assessed. The RecyClass Technical Committees performs technology assessments of different technologies, or the so-called components. The outcome of such assessments is used to update Design for Recycling Guidelines, based on scientific data.
The Recyclability Evaluation Protocols establish a harmonised methodology to test the recyclability of a specific technology in a determined recycling stream. To date, PRE has published the Recyclability Evaluation Protocols for PE films and for PE-HD containers.
An independent laboratory performs the tests following the Recyclability Evaluation Protocols, according to the RecyClass Technical Committees recommendation.
RecyClass provides support to the companies interested in testing their own technologies. In order to evaluate a specific technology, a company must contact RecyClass.