Berry highlights recycling commitment with third party accreditation move

BERRY Global has announced that its European flexible films division is adopting a standard approach to substantiate its recycled content claims, including for its Sustane range of polymers made from 100% recycled plastic.

The firm revealed it is obtaining independent accreditation via EUCertPlast and RecyClass to ensure ‘complete integrity, consistency, transparency, traceability and accurate accounting’.

The third-party accreditations will provide customers with reassurance as to the quality and authenticity of the recycled content present in Berry products. They form part of the company’s target to include at least 30% recycled content across its flexible films product range by 2025, as well as a group-wide commitment to include at least 10% post-consumer recycled (PCR) in all packaging products by the same date.

“As the use of recycled material increases across Europe, third party accreditation will play a vital role in ensuring the necessary transparency and consistency,” said Tony Nawar, VP sustainability, strategy & innovation. “This is why we are actively accrediting both our sites and our products through recognised and respected bodies.”

EUCertPlast certification confirms that best practices are being followed throughout the recycling process for pre and post-consumer waste. It covers stock management of incoming waste, the recycling process, quality management, staff training and qualifications, traceability in the supply chain, and environmental protection.

Berry’s three recycling operations at Heanor and Dumfries in the UK, and Steinfeld in Germany, have already achieved EUCertPlast accreditation for the different recycled grades produced across these facilities, including the Sustane. The remainder of the company’s flexible film manufacturing and recycling facilities are currently undergoing the accreditation process.

RecyClass is a cross-industry initiative which provides independent confirmation of the reliability of recycled content claims for individual products. Berry products which have already achieved RecyClass certification include Sustane Form Fill and Seal Petro products manufactured at its site in Hardenberg, the Netherlands.

“The availability of high-quality circular resins is critical to companies as they seek to introduce more sustainable packaging to satisfy legislative requirements and consumer demand,” Tony Nawar added. “By committing to independent, third-party accreditations for all our recycled materials, we can effectively demonstrate their quality and validity as we work with our customers in the development of appropriate solutions.”