Plastship, a platform for the procurement and quality assurance of recycled plastics, is now an official certification body for the Recyclass initiative, evaluating and certifying the recyclability of plastic packaging based on the RecyClass method and supporting brands and manufacturers in the design of recyclable packaging solutions.
The result is the classification in a recyclability class (A to F) by certificate, a result report and a logo including certificate number.
“The question of recyclability refers directly to the input quality in recycling,” said Andreas Bastian, founder and managing director of plastship. “If this improves, the quality of recycled plastics will also improve.”
To achieve this, a European standard in the assessment of recyclability is essential. This will make it easier for all players to orient themselves towards an assessment basis for the joint pursuit of sustainable goals and the promotion of the recycling economy for plastic packaging.
Bastian believes RecyClass is ‘the most promising instrument to create a comprehensive, EU-wide standard for the assessment of recyclability and thus provide clarity to plastics converters, brand owners and end users regarding recyclability’.
"Already today, sustainable management and the use of recyclable packaging are key elements in the corporate strategy of many brands,” he added.
“Through packaging, companies can visibly implement sustainability measures and communicate them to their customers….Recyclability provides the reliable key figure for alignment with the circular economy. The establishment of recyclable packaging is an elementary step towards achieving sustainability goals.”