Paper-Based Packaging Recyclability Guidelines

05.12.2019 Industry Publications

How to specify and design paper-based packaging in a way to ensure high quality recycling by the paper industry. These recyclability guidelines - developed by Cepi, CITPA, ACE and FEFCO, – give concrete guidance for designers to make sure functionality goes hand in hand with recyclability.

These recommendations will allow the value chain, including retailers and brand owners, to improve the recyclability of paper packaging products in the paper recycling process.

They are generally applicable in Europe, however it is recommended that national Extended Producer Responsibility schemes or relevant bodies are referred to in order to ensure the recyclability of the packaging on the targeted markets and to comply with specific national protocols for assessing recyclability of packaging. National protocols are divergent due to the presence of different collection systems and requirements for collection in the paper and board stream. While national specificities continue to exist, steps towards a harmonisation of recyclability test methods are underway. The recommendations below should be communicated widely to the value chain, including retailers and brand owners, to further improve paper packaging recyclability and help meet national protocols and requirements. The undersigned organisations will continue the open dialogue in the value chain to assess developments in material and recycling technology in order to review these guidelines, as appropriate.

Paper-Based Packaging Recyclability Guidelines, November 2019

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