New recycling certification system

A researcher at AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, is reportedly the only Spanish auditor participating in the development of a new certification system for products with recycled plastics launched by EU initiative Recyclass.

The Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification is a new certification scheme that provides proof of the traceability of recycled plastic material from the source, as well as the specific recycled content of each product, AIMPLAS said. ‘The advantage over similar certifications is that no minimum recycled content is required in this case because the percentage of recycled material in the product is determined precisely (thus increasing the range of products that can be certified),’ a press release explained. ‘In addition, it can handle material from both pre-consumer and post-consumer sources.’

‘This certification will make it possible to guarantee the content of recycled plastic in products, as well as the source of the recycled material,’ said Enrique Moliner, the AIMPLAS auditor. ‘It is a highly essential tool to increase customer trust in recycled plastic materials and products. It may also be key with regard to the public authorities, which have already started to require the use of recycled plastic in new products.’

This certification, which was prepared in collaboration with auditors from Denmark, Belgium and Italy, will be fully operational Q3 2020, AIMPLAS notes.

This story uses material from AIMPLAS, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.