Methodology

RecyClass Methodology outlines a comprehensive approach for assessing plastic packaging recyclability, in a reliable and standardised manner. Plastic packaging is evaluated and attributed a class on a scale from A to F.

The Methodology provides comprehensive information on the assessment methods used to assess and certify the recyclability of a plastic package. The methods are described as:

  • Design-for-Recycling Certification:

Assesses the technical feasibility of final packaging to be correctly sorted and recycled into closed-loop or cascade loop applications. The evaluation provides a class ranking from A to F to indicate its recyclability.

  • Recyclability Rate Certification:

Evaluation of recyclability in practice for final packaging using a specific formula developed by RecyClass in line with the highest European standards. This assessment looks to country-specific waste management infrastructures.

  • Letter of Compatibility:

Based the same approach as the Design for Recycling Certification, evaluates the recyclability of semi-finished packaging.

According to the recyclability definition and the RecyClass Methodology classes A, B and C are considered recyclable, as the quality of the recyclate is good enough to be used in closed-loop or cascade open-loop applications. Detailed definitions for each class can be found in the Methodology.

RecyClass developed the Design Book and the Handbook on Decorative Technologies to provide additional support to the plastics value chain in better understanding and advancing plastic packaging recyclability.

  • Design Book: an overview of key design principles and an explanation of how to make use of RecyClass Design for Recycling Guidelines
  • Handbook on Decorative Technologies: an overview of available decoration technologies for rigid plastic packaging