This is a science-backed guide to contribute to circularity

RecyClass has published RecyClass design book, a practical guide that explains the concepts of circularity and design for recycling, based on a science-based approach. The document can be used by all members of the plastics industry working on the design of recyclable plastic packaging.

The design book provides a step-by-step explanation and guidance for designing rigid and flexible plastic packaging that will be compatible with recycling. It defines the general principles and explains how the RecyClass Design guidelines for recycling should be interpreted.

Design for Recyclability is a crucial first step in ensuring that a product can be recycled at the end of its use phase, this approach leads to better quality recycled plastics and therefore encourages its adoption in new packaging applications. , he explained. Paolo Glerean, President of RecyClass.

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Initiative for circularity

RecyClass is a cross-sectoral initiative that works to improve recycling of plastic packaging and establish an approach to budgeting and traceability of recycled plastics in Europe. In addition to providing information on how design guidelines for recycling work, the document also looks at how sorting and recycling processes work and how they determine the recyclability of packaging.

The key principles of RecyClass Design for recycling are:

  • Choose plastics that are recycled in the EU
  • Maximize the proportion of the main polymer
  • Give preference to single-material solutions
  • Reduce colors and print
  • Allow consumers to completely empty the tank

The composition and compatibility of the packaging properties and more specifically, its possibility of recycling stands out during different stages of the waste management process. As stated in the definition of recyclability, packaging must first be made of plastic for which collection systems are established. The subsequent behavior of the container and its components during the classification and recycling process will determine its overall recyclability.

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