A new certification scheme has been launched by Recyclass verifies the traceability of recycled plastic material from the source to the final product. Called Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification,
it can also indicate the specific recycled content of each product.
As it provides proof of the traceability of recycled plastic material - post consumer or pre-consumer -from the source, the scheme is expected to bolster consumer faith in the sustainability of the product.
AIMPLAS researcher Enrique Moliner, an expert in recycling and sustainability who was one of the auditors participating in the development of the new certification system - and the only one from Spain - said that by making it possible to guarantee the content of recycled plastic in products, as well as the source of the recycled material, it would be easier to demonstrate compliance with the present and upcoming regulations on the mandatory use of recycled plastic in new products.
As the percentage of recycled material in the product is known precisely, unlike other certification schemes in the market, no minimum recycled content is required. In addition, material from both pre-consumer and post-consumer sources can be determined.
This certification is complementary to EuCertPlast certification. The pilot audits carried out to help optimise the certification scheme were conducted by four auditors across Europe. In Spain, AIMPLAS’ Moliner 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, will be fully operational by the third quarter of the year.