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Recyclability By Design

Recyclability By Design – 10th anniversary updated version now available

As part of their aim to encourage and increase plastic recycling, RECOUP offer guidance and advice to Brand owners, Packaging Technologists and pack developers to help encourage thinking further ahead.

RECOUP believe that the quality of flake and pellet produced, and ultimately the quality of products made from recycled material, can be improved by encouraging product designers to consider the recyclability of their plastic pack during the design stage.

RECOUP’s document - Recyclability by Design - provides guidelines for those wishing to make their packaging more recyclable and also provides information concerning the sections of the plastic recycling chain, to enable brand owners to ensure that their packaging will not inadvertently interfere with plastic recycling schemes.

‘Recyclability by Design’ is one of RECOUP’s most important documents. It covers all forms of rigid plastic packaging and with several thousand downloads, is recognised by industry and enjoys a positive reputation worldwide.

The October 2016 edition is the sixth version of the guide, released on the 10th anniversary of the first edition, which was released in 2006.

The updated version includes contributions from Members; experts from both the packaging and recycling industries.

Other recent updates have included a major review of the recyclability matrices for each polymer. The recyclability tables are polymer specific, with separate tables for PET Bottles, PET Trays, PP, HDPE, PS and PVC. The PET guidelines had previously been one table, but the RECOUP document now includes separate tables, one for PET bottles and one for PET trays.

RECOUP are extremely grateful to all concerned for their help and advice in the production of the latest guidance document.

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