RecyClass in the UK

Date Published: Wednesday 3rd June 2020

RECOUP has announced, RecyClassUK, the first approved recyclability certification for rigid plastic packaging in the UK.  RecyClass, which is run by Plastics Recyclers Europe, is an initiative to create a consistent measurement for the plastics packaging value chain both to analyse its current output and find the best way forward for to improve recyclability.


RecyClassUK, which will be managed by RECOUP, will evaluate rigid plastic packaging in terms of recyclability, classifying the packs from class A (recyclable) to class F (not recyclable).  A report will  be provided to the packaging supplier, along with further steps and recommendations, to achieve greater recyclability of the item.


This certification scheme is beginning at a time when the UK is going through various consultations and legislative changes designed to incentivise and pressure plastic packaging producers to make their products more recyclable and environmentally friendly. These changes, most notably, modulated fees through Extended Producer Responsibility and requirements to meet 30% recycled content through a Plastic Packaging Tax, are due to be implemented within the next few years.


Keep an eye on the RECOUP website for more details coming soon!

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