New EU Standard will boost use of post-consumer Plastics Recyclates
After two years of work plastics converters, recyclers and collectors have agreed to launch a new European wide certification and audit scheme named EuCertPlast which implements existing CEN standard 15343 on post- consumer plastics recycling.
The project was conducted by EuPR and EPRO in collaboration with EuPC, EuPET, RECOVINYL, cyclos GmbH and a few plastics recycling companies to perform the first pilot audits at factory level. Alexandre Dangis, Managing Director of EuPC (European plastics Converters) “I am very happy with the outcome of this project in which we have been able to demonstrate that good practices on post - consumer plastics recycling should be rewarded with a European Certificate and this will boost the use of recyclates in Europe by plastics converters. I strongly advise purchasers of post - consumer plastics recyclates to request this EuCertPlast Certificate from their suppliers in order to guarantee good quality products.
Ton Emans, President of EuPR (European Plastics Recyclers) “A suitable harmonized auditing scheme for Europe was needed due to the difficulty in gaining access to plastics waste from the different and often complex national systems. Now with EuCertPlast a level playing field has been created and plastics recyclers can work with all national collection schemes to get access to raw materials for further treatment in Europe. This is a major step forward for our young industry and we are keen to develop more plastics recycling activities and create more employment. The quality of EuCertPlast is based on existing European Standards and audited according to the best available “German” auditor scheme. I would like to thank in particular Cyclos GmbH for having accepted to work with us in this project.
COREPLA, the Italian plastics recovery organisation, has already announced that it intends to base the regulatory compliance of its recyclers on the EuCertPlast standard and I am confident that other schemes will also take this approach. Our members look forward to working in partnership with EuCertPlast certified recyclers to increase the levels of plastics recovery and recycling in Europe still further.”
Eric Criel, General Manager of Recovinyl “EuCertPlast will enable Recovinyl to precisely assess thequantity and tractability of the material recycled within the VinylPlus voluntary agreement. Furthermore, we’ll also get the guarantee that the recycling phase occurred in an environmental sound manner.”