Testing Protocols

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, RecyClass has published the Recyclability Evaluation Protocols for PE films, for PP films, for PE-HD containers and PP containers. A series of Quick Test Protocols are currently under development to support the plastic industry in designing each packaging component for recycling. The Sorting Evaluation Protocol establishes a harmonized methodology to test the sorting behavior for plastic packaging. It is applied at industrial/pilot scale.

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.

RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols List

RecyClass Sorting Protocol

RecyClass Washing Quick Test Procedures

EPBP has established several test procedures to assess the influence of PET bottle innovations - such as barrier materials, resin formulations, additives, and non-PET components in or on PET bottles - on r-PET recycling processes. Please refer to EPBP website to learn more about the PET bottles Recyclability Protocols. Evaluation protocols for PET trays are currently under development by PETCORE Europe. RecyClass is involved in PETCORE Europe Technical Committees to support this development.