The type of packaging determines the choice of questions in the next part: Design for Recycling Incompatibilities. Whilst oxo- or bio-degradable plastics are principally incompatible with standard polymers in the case of other material combinations, a closer look is needed.
By defining your type of packaging, the tool will attribute the corresponding Design for Recycling Guideline. This attribution is directly linked to the recycling stream, where the packaging will be effectively sorted. To this end, the main polymer that constitutes the packaging (PE, PP, PET, PS, others) must be considered, as well as its shape (rigid, flexible) and its colouration. For the latter, the packaging is considered coloured if any masterbatch is used to colour the main polymer resin (except white) and/or if the decorative technology (e.g., direct printing) entirely covers the packaging surface.
If you have any doubt or would like to get more information on sortability, please refer to the RecyClass Sorting Protocol, or contact us.