The recycle-friendliness of the new packaging introduced by German dairy cooperative DMK Group for two of its Milram grated cheese products has now been officially confirmed by Interseroh.
The bags, introduced in March, scored 18 out of a possible total of 20 points on the ‘Made for Recycling’ testing standard, thereby obtaining the ‘seal of quality for recycling capability’. The Made for Recycling standard was developed by Interseroh together with the bifa environmental institute. Prior to its implementation, it was also reviewed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV.
“Good recycling capability is of considerable importance for an effective recyclable loop,” explained Markus Müller-Drexel, managing director of Interseroh Dienstleistungs GmbH. “We can only make use of the full potential of the closed-loop economy if the waste which citizens separate at home is also optimally recyclable.”
To assess the recycling capability of packaging, a three-stage points system was developed. During the first phase, an evaluation is made as to whether or not the consumer is able to assign the packaging to the right collection system without any difficulty. During the second stage, a verification takes place as to how the packaging performs during the sorting process. Are the currently available sorting technologies able to sort the packaging into the right material fraction – or do certain materials prevent a clear allocation? During the third stage, the packaging is evaluated with respect to its suitability for material recycling: do labels, colours or barriers make the recycling process more difficult? The greater the number of points the packaging achieves on a scale of 0 to 20, the more easily and better it can be recycled.
Interseroh’s Made for Recycling service also fulfills the requirements of the minimum standards for measuring the recycling capability of packaging of the German Central Agency Packaging Register, which have applied since 1 September 2019.
“On the one hand, the “Made for Recycling” service sets fixed standards for companies in the development of packaging, while on the other, it provides orientation to consumers who want to make environmentally-aware purchases that are climate-friendly and resource-conserving,” said Müller-Drexel.
Interseroh is part of the ALBA Group, a leading recycling and environmental services company, and raw material provider operates in Germany, Europa and Asia. In 2019 alone ALBA Group saved 4.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases compared to primary production and at the same time 32.3 million tonnes of primary raw materials through its recycling activities.