Recyclable packaging design tool by ORPL goes into final testing

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OPRL’s PREP UK packaging design tool is being launched this week with UK recycling infrastructure data for testing, ensuring assessments reflect current UK recycling collections and processing.  

As part of its support to member signatories of the UK Plastics Pact, OPRL said that it is committed to launch its sustainable packaging tool as a standard part of membership. 

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It said that this will “enable members to meet their UK Plastics Pact commitments by designing packaging which both avoids unrecyclable plastics and ensures design aids easy to separation and recycling of components”. 

OPRL executive director Stuart Lendrum said: “We promised to provide an easy, online and interactive design tool which gives a realistic recyclability assessment, looking at both materials and component design.  We’re excited we’ve reached this final stage so quickly, so we’re on course for the full launch of PREP UK.  We’re building on firm foundations, using this proven Australasian solution.” 

He added: “The research undertaken for us by Axion Consulting ensures the tool is calibrated to reflect UK infrastructure, and we will continue to update this in the current fast paced policy environment.” 

PREP Design Pty chief executive and founder Anthony Peyton said: “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work with OPRL to assist its members in designing 100% recyclable packaging and meet commitments under the UK Plastic Pact. I’d like to sincerely thank Axion Consulting and all those whose data and advice have enabled OPRL to reflect the UK recycling system via the PREP. Without this support from the industry, and the provision of our online platform, brands would hesitate to approach such targets with confidence and vigour.” 

The final testing phase will keep the project on track for a full launch in autumn. 

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