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European industry strengthens recycled content network

Four European certification schemes have joined the PolyCert Europe technical platform to harmonise their methodologies and help boost the use of recycled plastic.

The schemes, QA-CER (Belgium), AENOR (Spain), Plastica Seconda Vita (Italy) and Wertstoff PET (Germany), meet the PolyCert Europe standard. They are convinced that joining forces and working on the same basis will increase the transparency of claims made by companies about the secondary materials they use. It will also support the transition to a circular economy for plastics and related industries.

An important aspect of being approved by PolyCert Europe is to ensure that certification schemes work with third party accredited certification bodies to guarantee impartiality and independency in auditing.

Plastics converters and compounders using secondary raw material in their products can demonstrate compliance of their practices by auditing their production processes to support their claims. The harmonisation contributes to a level playing field among the certification schemes across the EU Member States to ensure mutual recognition.

PolyCert Europe is supported by these European and national plastics converters bodies:

  • European Plastics Converters
  • European Carpet and Rug Association
  • European Single-ply Waterproofing Membranes Association
  • Centexbel
  • Valipac
  • Waste Free Oceans
  • essenscia (Belgium)
  • Unionplast (Italy)
  • Polyvia (France)
  • NRK (Netherlands)

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