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Recyclability by Design - 2018 Versions

RECOUP have produced Packaging Recyclability Guidelines for industry, for designers of plastic packaging and Packaging Technologists and the Packaging Industry.

We have been told a few times that there does not seem to be a toned-down version; a guide to plastic packaging and recyclability for Lead Product Developers and others in the supply who require immediate and simplified answers.

It is considered that there are two ways we could reach relevant people with simplified instructions.


  • Recyclability By Design ; Summary version ; Core Principles

Work is close to completion on a Summary Version of RBD, outlining the ‘Core Principles’ of recyclability.

This is an alternative version of the existing document, outlining technical aspects of plastic packaging recyclability in a concise way.

Will include the polymer specific tables.


  • Supplement to Recyclability By Design ; ‘How do you define ‘recyclable’?’   (title tbc)

This will be a version for  non-packaging technologists, sales / marketing personnel, and anyone who needs to make decisions on plastic packaging who needs information on the impact of their decisions, including potential for recycling.

Will include new versions of the polymer tables; the main points from the polymer recyclability table from RBD; less complicated, and a description of the ‘traps’ that designers fall into.


We are grateful to the RECOUP members who have agreed to sense check the copies before released.

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