RECOUP launches rigid plastics auditing certification RecyClassUK

Stuart Foster
RECOUP chief executive Stuart Foster

Plastics recycling charity RECOUP has revealed that it manage the auditing for recyclability certification of rigid plastic packaging scheme RecyClassUK.

RecyClass, which is run by Plastics Recyclers Europe, is an initiative to create a consistent measurement for the plastic value chain both to analyse its current output and find the best way forward to improve recyclability.


Under RecyClassUK, rigid plastic packaging will be evaluated in terms of recyclability classifying the packs from Class A (recyclable) to Class F (not recyclable).

A report will be provided, along with further steps and recommendations, to achieve greater recyclability of the item.

The certification provides reassurance to the plastic packaging supply chain and compliments the existing practical pack reviews at sorting facilities that RECOUP already provides to members and non-members.

RECOUP chief executive Stuart Foster said: “Over the past 30 years, RECOUP has provided support for organisations to understand and improve the recyclability of plastic packaging.

“This includes the ongoing review and understanding of each step of the plastic recycling journey, reviews of specific packaging items, publicly available guidance, and case studies.

“There has been increased demand for RECOUP to certify plastic packaging and ensure a recognised central and consistent point for plastic packaging recyclability reviews in the UK, also ensuring alignment internationally where possible.

“We are looking forward to working with the RecyClass platform which provides a fantastic opportunity to not only deliver these aims, but also evolve and align the recyclability certification opportunity as part of a network.”

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