Manual

Please read this short introduction to the RecyClass analysis tool.
You can access this information at any time by using the 'Manual' button on the top as long as you are logged in.

The RecyClass Online Tool assesses the recyclability of plastic packaging and shows to what extent it is suitable for recycling, rating it with a class system from A to F. The analysis is based on the RecyClass Recyclability Methodology.

Assessment steps

The analysis is divided into 5 steps

  • Step 1: Description
    The first step aims to name and describe the packaging to be analysed.
  • Step 2: Suitability
    This step ensures that the packaging falls under the scope of the RecyClass Methodology dedicated to plastic packaging.
  • Step 3: Type of packaging
    This step defines which is the type of packaging under analysis to attribute the corresponding Design for Recycling questions & answers.
  • Step 4: Design for Recycling
    This step evaluates the compatibility of the packaging design with its recycling stream and is split into 5 sections explained below.
  • Step 5: Final results
    The last step gathers all results of the analysis, highlighting the areas of improvement, and provides as well a mapping of the current waste management systems in Europe.

Design for Recycling (step 4)

The step is divided into 5 sets of questions

  • Part 1: Recyclable plastic content
    This set is a mass balance calculation to determine the amount of recoverable and valuable plastic in your packaging.
  • Part 2: Design for Recycling Incompatibilities
    In this set, the incompatibilities of your product that affect recycling efficiency and quality of the recyclate are verified.
  • Part 3: 'Easy to Empty' / 'Easy Access ' Index
    These indications evaluate the proportion of product that remains in the packaging after it has been emptied.
  • Part 4: REACH compliance results
    This set ensures that  no intentionally added substances of very high concern are present in your packaging.
  • Part 5: Recycled Content
    In this set, you are asked how much recycled material your product contains (if any).

Process

During the analysis, the packaging design is classified into a recyclability class. After each answer, the score is automatically adapted, and you are informed of the provisional result for your packaging thanks to the box on the right of your screen.

Classes

Categories range from A to F as defined by the RecyClass Recyclability Methodology.

Class A represents the best recyclability of a package, while class B, C, D and E represent increasingly lower recyclability. Finally, class F represents packages that are not recyclable and can only be incinerated. '+' class bonus is obtained for the use of post-consumer recycled material.

  • CLASS A:
    The package does not pose any recyclability issues and it can potentially feed a closed-loop scheme to be used in the same application.
  • CLASS B:
    The package has minor design issues that caused its downgrading, but it can still potentially feed a closed-loop scheme. 
  • CLASS C:
    The package has some recyclability issues that affect the quality of its final recyclate, but still allowing cascade-open loop schemes, or issues that lead to material losses during recycling, resulting in this case to possible closed-loop schemes
  • CLASS D:
    The package has some significant design issues that highly affect its recyclability, leading to low-value applications for the recyclate.
  • CLASS E:
    The package has major design issues that put in jeopardy its recyclability.
  • CLASS F:
  • The package is not recyclable either because of fundamental design issues or a lack of specific waste stream widely present in the EU. If your package obtains this class in one of the question areas, then the analysis is completed.

Final result

If you have answered all the questions or if you have reached class F prematurely, by clicking on the "Complete analysis" button the result of the analysis will be shown and can be downloaded as a PDF attachment.

Try it yourself!

At any time (as long as you have not clicked the "Finish Analysis" button), you can continue the experiment by giving answers in all question sets. Thus, you will be able to check how the recyclability of your packaging varies.