Plastics Forming Enterprises, based in Amherst, New Hampshire, has been recognised by Plastics Recyclers Europe as an officially accredited RecyClass laboratory - the first U.S. testing facility to achieve such accreditation.
PFE is also the only laboratory in the world to be accredited to perform testing in all four RecyClass product categories: polyethylene terephthalate rigids, high density polyethylene rigids, polypropylene rigids, and polyethylene flexibles. PFE has already long been an approved lab for PET in Europe.
RecyClass is a cross-industry initiative that has been established to advance plastic packaging recyclability in Europe through the development of uniform Recyclability Evaluation Protocols and testing of innovative materials. The RecyClass platform assesses the recyclability of plastic packaging and provides specific recommendations to its members on how to improve packaging design to fit current recycling technologies. The initiative was officially launched in July last year, and today has twenty-five auditors from twenty-one certification bodies from across Europe, double the number it started out with last year. The industry, as well as the actors of the plastics value chain, are looking for reliable schemes to demonstrate and report on their sustainability goals in a coherent manner, noted Gian De Belder, Technical Director – R&D Packaging Sustainability at P&G and Advisory Board Chairman at RecyClass - “and RecyClass meets their demands”.
PFE is already a recognised authority for recyclability testing in the Americas. Founded in 1984, the lab has played an instrumental role in developing the prevailing recyclability testing protocols that have been widely adopted in the Americas. As an accredited RecyClass lab, it can now grow and support a customer base in Europe as well as help clients seeking to enter the European market navigate the testing requirements of RecyClass.
PFE is looking forward to helping their global clients extend their reach into European markets as well to helping clients seeking to enter the European market navigate the testing requirements of RecyClass.