Recyclability certification boosts packaging transparency

BERRY has announced that in order meet the need for reliable claims about recyclability and recycled content in packaging, the Berry Superfos facility in La Genête, France, is now RecyClass certified.

With some countries implementing or intending to implement special taxes on non-reusable plastic packaging, it is increasingly important for producers to be transparent about recyclability and the use of recycled material – and be able to document it.

For this reason, Berry Superfos has had its facility in La Genête RecyClass certified, enabling it to offer RecyClass labelling on non-food packaging pails produced at the facility.

RecyClass is a voluntary, cross-industry initiative that promotes the traceability of plastic waste and recycled plastic content across Europe. Certification demonstrates the degree of recyclability of plastic packaging and recycled content of plastics used in products.

“Many of our customers require a reliable way to show their customers and the authorities that their packaging solutions are recyclable and contain recycled material, including the amount,” said Sébastien Morey, factory manager at Berry Superfos La Genête. “RecyClass certification provides an appropriate solution for our non-food customers.

“Their response has been very positive as it now means they can make credible claims about the use of Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) material as a content material in their Berry Superfos packaging solutions.”

RecyClass certification requires an auditing process. Berry Superfos worked with external auditor Terra and provided the necessary documentation to assess both the process and products to be certified.

Berry revealed the La Genête facility passed the on-site audit ‘without any difficulties’. The firm added that it can incorporate up to 80% PCR material in several of its solutions for non-food products.