This certification scheme accredits the traceability of a recycled material from its source and the exact recycled content of each product. Providing transparent information on the source of recycled materials, whether pre-consumer or post-consumer, increases consumer confidence in a product’s environmental sustainability.
In this case, there is no minimum recycled content, as is the case with Blue Angel, which requires that at least 80% be recycled. Instead, the exact percentage a product contains is determined and the recycled content may be pre-consumer or post-consumer in origin.
This represents an opportunity for companies, since the range of products eligible for this certification is wider. AIMPLAS has Spain’s only auditor for this certification.
AIMPLAS has been approved by RecyClass as a certification body and has experts who conduct audits to verify the recyclability of packaging. During these audits, the companies’ evaluation of their packaging is checked by means of the RecyClass online tool.
Plastics Recyclers Europe recognizes AIMPLAS as an independent laboratory for carrying out the technological approval of recyclability for PE films and HDPE packaging in accordance with the RecyClass evaluation protocol.
When packaging is innovative in nature and therefore not included in the RecyClass recycling guidelines, our laboratories will study it in accordance with a recyclability protocol, and the results will then be evaluated by the RecyClass technical committees.
The certification means that the product can carry a label, which can then be used for marketing purposes.
The pilot audits carried out to help optimize the certification scheme were performed by only four auditors across Europe. In Spain, AIMPLAS was responsible for conducting audits at the companies Armando Álvarez and Klöckner Pentaplast.
This certification, which was also prepared in collaboration with auditors from Denmark, Belgium and Italy, is complementary to EuCertPlast certification, given that traceability in the recycling process is now included in follow-up until transformation into the finished product, in accordance with the same traceability criteria.
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