Approximately 36% of all plastic produced is to create packaging, 85% of which ends up in landfills. Ensuring a circular plastic economy is one way to reduce environmental impact and resource depletion. RecyClass aims to improve plastic recycling by developing a reliable methodology to calculate and verify the recycled content in plastic products.
RecyClass stands for traceability, transparency and trust.
RecyClass Recycled Plastic Traceability
RecyClass Recycled Plastic is designed for companies using recycled plastics on their products or packages. All actors of the plastics value chain using recycled plastics may apply. To be eligible for the RecyClass Recycled Plastic Certification, your recycler(s) should be certified with the RecyClass Recycling Process Certification, or any other equivalent certification in line with EN 15343, and your product should be made of plastics.
RecyClass Recycling Process
RecyClass Recycling Process certification is set to replace EUCertPlast certification, verifying your plastic recycling facility’s capacity to ensure physical traceability of pre- and post-consumer recycled plastics in your recycling process. If you are a plastic recycler, or recycle your scraps in-house, you can apply for RecyClass Recycling Process certification. Just like Recycled Plastics Traceability certification, Recycling Process certification is in line with European norm EN15343.
Differences and similarities
Where Recycled Plastics Traceability is a chain of custody type of standard, validating the recycled content percentage in your plastic material, Recycling Process covers the start of the chain of custody.
Both standards focus on physical traceability of pre- and post-consumer recycled plastic throughout the recycled plastic supply chain. Unlike with e.g. GRS standard, there are no further social or environmental requirements. RecyClass certification is also well-aligned with requirements to claim exemption from the 2023 Spanish plastic tax, can support exemption claims from UK plastic tax, and is expected to align with further European plastic tax initiatives.