Being transparent about the use of recyclates in plastic products
Ongoing certification for the traceability of recycled content in new plastic products aims to create a transparent and responsible communication on recycled plastics use.
Based on the international standard on chain of custody, as well as the European standard on plastics traceability, the Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification: Audit Scheme guarantees transparency and integrity of claims regarding recycled content in plastics.
Gian de Belder, chairman of the Advisory Board of RecyClass said, "The certification will enable a reliable declaration of recycled content, boost consumers' credibility in product's quality, and verify its responsible production."
This certification adds to EuCertPlast, a traceability scheme in for recycling processes. EuCertPlast is the first step of ensuring the quality and origin of recycled material. Recycled Plastics Certification, therefore, attests the traceability of recycled content in products throughout the value chain until they are placed on the market.
The integrity of the Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification was verified and approved via several trial audits which took place at converters' and brand owners' sites, including Aqua d'Or in Denmark, Resilux in Belgium, Armando-Alvarez and Klӧckner Pentaplast in Spain, and COLPACK in Italy.
The on-site trial audits were conducted by independent third-party auditors: AIMPLAS, HTP cyclos, Sachverständigenbüro Mechthild Ahaus and Dott. P.I. Marco Tabani, which accredited that the right systems and tools are in place to trace recycled content during the production process in accordance with the Audit Scheme.
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.