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New recycling guidelines for plastic packaging

Plastics recycling organisation Recoup has released an update to its Recyclability by Design guidelines, in anticipation of tougher quality standards as part of the EU’s circular economy package.

The document is aimed at manufacturers that want to increase the recyclability of their packaging.

The spring 2015 edition is the fifth version of the guide with a revamped design and additional contributions from members and contacts from across the plastics supply chain.

Recoup has said that it seeks cross-industry perspectives in order to create a balanced viewpoint for the guide.

It hopes the document will encourage product designers to consider the recyclability of their plastic packaging during the design stage, which will later have an effect on the quality of flake and pellet produced.

European environment commissioner Karmenu Vella recently reassured MEPs that new proposals on design and recyclability would be put forward by the end of the year.

Stuart Foster Recoup

Recoup chief executive Stuart Foster said: “It is inevitable that better design of products for recycling will be needed to achieve longer term circular economy goals, and we fully expect this element of any new EU resource proposals to be retained or even strengthened.”

Katherine Fleet, sustainability adviser for rigid plastics packaging provider RPC, said: “Barrier plastics play an important role in preserving and keeping food fresh and thus help to minimise food waste, but this is by no means their only environmental benefit.  

“It is important that we promote the message that barrier plastics are currently recyclable and can therefore make a major contribution to a company’s sustainability and CSR programmes.”

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