Design for Recycling Guidelines

Tool Methodology revision

Dear user,

We are pleased to inform you that the RecyClass Online Tool has been updated to facilitate your experience and to give you access to additional features and information.

Sections 3 – Type of packaging, 4 – Design for Recycling, and 5 – Results have been revamped, to enable the most accurate evaluation of your packaging recyclability. That includes:

  • Interactive selection of your type of packaging allowing the system to attribute the corresponding Design for Recycling Guideline.
  • New section on the Sorting behaviour of your packaging. Please note that this section is only informative and will not impact the self-assessment results.
  • Mass balance calculation replaces the former part 1 – General Questions.
  • Multi-choice selection for the questions on Design for Recycling.
  • Mapping of the European countries with information on their collection systems, as well as the availability of sorting and recycling infrastructures.

Please note that the updates do not affect the methodology behind the Tool and therefore, the results you obtained with previous analyses remain unchanged. The re-organisation of the questions will facilitate the use of the Tool and improve the understanding of its different sections.  

RecyClass Members will enjoy an additional feature through which they will be able to self-assess both the recyclability and the recyclability rate of their packaging with the Tool. 

Moreover, the changes allow for a better alignment with the Recyclability Certification Scheme. Please note that the analysis result of the Tool is not a certificate. Any company interested to get certified is invited to contact one of the recognized Certification Bodies listed on the RecyClass website or to contact RecyClass Team for additional information.

The updated tool includes the new recyclability class logos that were developed by the RecyClass Claims Task Force in line with the Recyclability & Recycled Content Use of Claims Guidance.

Finally, to increase transparency and traceability of the tool updates, any user can access the changelog available on the versions page. The version of the tool is reported as well on the PDF report generated after each analysis is completed, allowing you to keep track of the changes.

Guidelines June 2021

Dear user,

Welcome back to the RecyClass online-tool! We would like to inform you that since your last connection several updates have been made, with the publication of a new Design for Recycling Guidelines for PE flexible packaging and PP rigid packaging. The following changes have been implemented in the tool:

  • Packaging composition: a new limitation on the PP content incorporated in PE flexible structures has been added. 
  • Barrier materials: PA6/6.6 option has been implemented as limited compatible for PE flexibles, if used under specific conditions. Finally, EVOH compatilized with specific tie layers is now compatible with PP rigid packaging. 

 

These updates are based on new lab findings. More information can be found on the corresponding press releases: Recyclability of flexible PE with PP & PA: Novel findings and RecyClass tests functional barriers in PP containers.

Guidelines February 2021

Dear user,

Welcome back to the RecyClass online-tool! We would like to inform you that since your last connection several updates have been made, with the publication of a new set of Design for Recycling Guidelines. The following changes have been implemented in the tool:

  • For all types of packaging: a new recommendation related to the packaging size has been added in the area 4 - Design for Recycling. Because of sortability issues, the packaging size is critical to ensure its recyclability.
  • HDPE containers: TPE and silicon materials are now listed as possible answers for the liners, seals, and valves. Additional details regarding additives have been included. Finally, the recommendation for EVOH and PE-g-MAH tie layers has been extended.
  • PP containers: TPE and silicon materials are now listed as possible answers for the liners, seals, and valve, and additional details regarding additives have been included. Please note that EVOH as barrier component is currently under investigation and new recommendations will shortly be released.
  • PE and PP flexibles: any component (labels, sleeves, others) made of PET, PETG, PS or PLA should be avoided and is considered not compatible with the flexible recycling streams.
  • PET bottles: EPBP released new findings regarding polyamide, leading to the update of the answers related to barrier additives in the area 4 - Design for Recycling.

Finally, please note that the guideline "PO Pots, Tubs, Blisters & Trays" is under revision and changes are expected soon. In case of HDPE or PP packaging, please respectively refer to the guideline "HDPE containers and tubes" or to the guideline "PP containers and tubes".

Changelog

Release of the revised tool (08 September 2021)

v.1.2.0 - beta version (07 September 2021)

  • Alignement with the Minimum Standards (Zentrale Stelle) on the disqualifying criteria.

v.1.1.4 - beta version (03 September 2021)

  • Addition of the procedure to evaluate the Easy-to-Empty index.

v.1.1.3 - beta version (27 August 2021)

  • Wording adjustement for PP closures on HDPE containers (MFR condition)

v.1.1.2 - beta version (27 August 2021)

  • EPBP latest recognitions for PET transparent bottles added

v.1.1.1 - beta version (04 August 2021)

  • FRA, ITA, SPA and GER translations implemented
  • Interactive display added for the Design Incompatibilities section

v.1.1.0 - beta version (29 July 2021)

  • New versioning of the tool to monitor the updates
  • Pots, tubs, trays guidelines removed
  • PDF report revised
  • Disclaimers and helpbox revised
  • Bugs corrected

v.1.0.0 - beta version (24 June 2021)

  • Beta version of the online tool with sections 3, 4 and 5 revised