Recyclability and Circular Economy
Society is demanding improvements regarding effective sustainability. Every economic player will have to transition from a Linear to a Circular Economy if they want to survive for a long time. In order to align their activity with this movement, it’s essential to work on the recyclability of packaging, so that packaging waste becomes a resource and the circle is closed.
There are many packaging features that affect their recyclability: material, shape, colour, adhesives etc. Each of these elements can interfere with the waste collection, selection and recycling stages and lower its percentage of recyclability. For this reason, everyone involved in the packaging chain must be aware of the criteria that need be taken into account to ensure that it is recycled and have mechanisms for quantifying and improving them.
What is the Recyclability Certificate and Label?
The Recyclability Label is the voluntary ecolabel that companies may include on packaging to show the amount of packaging material available for quality recycling.
The Recyclability Certificate is a self-declaration by which fillers and/or packaging manufacturing companies, will be able to know the amount of packaging material available for quality recycling of their packaging.
To obtain a Recyclability Certificate and the Ecolabel, an expert in the subject will exhaustively assess the packaging and an external review by the ESCI-UPF-UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change will be undertaken.
The methodology has been developed by Dríade Soluciones Medioambientales, with the scientific support of ESCI-UPF-UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change