RecyClass Pack Certification

RecyClass is run exclusively by RECOUP for the UK and is the first approved certification system for plastic packaging recyclability, with RECOUP being recognised as an official auditor in the UK for RecyClass Recyclability Certifications.

RECOUP recently ran a webinar to explain the process in more detail.
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RecyClass, run by Plastics Recyclers Europe, is an initiative aiming to help the plastics value chain find the correct way to approach and evaluate the design for recycling of packaging products, with the goal of improving their recyclability.

The certification compliments the exsisting MRF practical pack tests that RECOUP provide for members and non-members providing furthing reassurance to the plastic pacakging supply chain.

Packaging will be evaluated using the RecyClass online tool which rates the packaging in terms of recyclability. The tool examines the packs through a series of online questions after which it classifies the packs, from class A (recyclable) to class F (not recyclable).

The classes are defined as follows:

CLASS A: The package does not pose any recyclability issues and it can potentially feed a closed-loop scheme to be used in the same application. 

CLASS B: The package has some minor recycliability issues and could even potentially feed a closed-loop scheme. 

CLASS C: The package has some recyclability issues that affect the quality of its final recyclate.

CLASS D: The package has some significant design issues that highly affect its recyclability.

CLASS E: The package has major design issues that put in jeopardy its recyclability.

CLASS F: The package is not recyclable either because of fundamental design issues or a lack of specific waste stream widely present in the EU. If you package obtains this calss in one of the question areas, then the analysis is completed. 

RecyClass testing will include certification, to certify the recyclability result obtained with the RecyClass tool. Following the evaluation, RecyClass will release a report and approved certificate confirming the classification of the pack.

To obtain certified approval of your pack, you will be required to complete the product specification sheet and send 1 sample which will be run through the online tool. The pack with be gradedand results audited, documents will be produced to reflect the results.  This is avavliable to members of RECOUP and non-members and is tiered;

Test / Audit RECOUP
RecyClass Certification £600+VAT £700+VAT
MRF Testing FREE £500+VAT

Members who have already had their packs reviewed in a MRF can obtain just certification to compliment this. Please contact the team to discuss your requirements.   Please note for RecyClass certification the requirement is to send one item of product for certification, however, for MRF test this will need to be a minimum of 10 items of product.  

To request testing please email:

On receipt of your email someone will be in contact you to arrange payment and take more details. 

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