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Design for Recycling

One of the biggest problems which packaging can cause during recycling is constituted by the residues. Packaging must be laboriously cleaned of liquids, creams and other deposits. Attendant costs associated with this can make the recycling process uneconomical. The plants themselves are not alone in generating costs, but also the water purification systems that are required for environmental reasons.

Whether residues remain in packaging after use depends considerably on its design. This product loss may be avoided at the design stage, which means that the consumer who has paid for the product also benefits in the end.

Packaging should therefore be easy-to-empty or easily accessed to empty entirely. In order that you may be able to check your packaging, we have developed a concept with two indices: the index for easy emptying (e.g. for tubes), and the index for easy access (e.g. for pots). Both represent the proportion of the product that remains in the packaging after its normal emptying.


Assess, improve and endorse the recyclability of your packaging

In January 2018, the European Commission released European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy where it urged the plastics industry and its value chain to encourage and ensure a shift in production of plastic packaging. The plastics industry’s business as usual is at crossroads, as recyclability is becoming a priority aspect in packaging design. This has triggered several brands to announce pledges to work towards increased recyclability of packaging. More

Recycling starts in the product design phase. The key to more sustainable plastics is better design of plastics and plastics products.

Further information

Plastics Recyclers Europe

Avenue de Cortenbergh 71
1000 Brussels

Tel: +32 2 742 96 82
Fax: +32 2 732 63 12