Europe's plastics converters, recyclers and collectors have agreed an EU-wide certification and audit scheme, EuCertPlast, which enforces standards for post-consumer plastics recycling.
The project was conducted by EuPR and EPRO in collaboration with EuPC, EuPET, Recovinyl, Cyclos and plastics recycling companies.
Alexandre Dangis, managing director of EuPC, said: “I am very happy with the outcome of this project in which we have been able to demonstrate that good practices on post-consumer plastics recycling should be rewarded with a European certificate and this will boost the use of recyclates in Europe by plastics converters.
“I strongly advise purchasers of post-consumer plastics recyclates to request this EuCertPlast certificate from their suppliers in order to guarantee good quality products.”
Ton Emans, president of EuPR, pointed to the need for “a harmonised auditing scheme for Europe”, adding that the EuCertPlast creates a level playing field for plastics recyclers across Europe.
“This is a major step forward for our young industry and we are keen to develop more plastics recycling activities and create more employment.”