RecyClass Roadmap

RecyClass Roadmap

Dear Tool users,

As always, RecyClass strives to ensure you can use the most advanced fact-based and reliable information when assessing the recyclability of your plastic packaging. In line with that, below you will find an overview of packaging features currently under investigation by the RecyClass Technical Committees.

Several test campaigns are ongoing with the aim to generate up-to-date, robust, and reliable data. Findings of these tests might result in updated classification of the Design for Recycling Guidelines and scoring by the Online-Tool.

The table will be revised regularly to keep you informed of all potential changes.

For 2024 test campaigns, the Roadmap will be updated in February.

Packaging features under investigation Guideline(s) concerned Under testing Foreseen updates Timeline Status

Laminating adhesives 2.0

PP films Various chemistries and amount of laminating adhesives New category on the flexible guidelines and new question on the tool Dec-23 Finished
Printing Inks 2.0 PE films Various inks binders (PU, NC) and amount of inks (wt%) Possible limitations for some binders & move from surface coverage to printing amount for flexibles Dec-23 Finished
AlOx with primer PE films AlOx coating applied on PE films with primer Recommendations in the barrier section of the PE films guidelines regarding AlOx coupled with primer Dec-23 Finished
TPO in PP and HDPE HDPE & PP containers TPO-PP and TPO-PE based on HDPE and PP containers Recommendations on TPO amounts between 5 and 10% in the HDPE and PP guidelines Dec-23 Finished
Removability of labels on white HDPE and PP packaging HDPE & PP containers Labels and adhesives applied on HDPE and PP containers Finetuning of the procedure to evaluate the removability of labels and adhesives from HDPE and PP containers. Definition of the correlation between adhesives' chemistries and their removability performance Dec-23 Finished
Rolling rigid packaging Rigid packaging Various rigid rolling packaging Recommendations on rigid rolling packaging and their effect on sorting. Development of a procedure to understand the relation between rigidity and sorting behaviour. Jul-23 Finished
Labels and Sleeves HDPE containers Non-PE labels and sleeves applied on HDPE packaging Recommendations on thickness, mass colouration and coverage of non-PE decorations applied on HDPE containers Jul-23 Finished
Colour definition software All packaging Development of a software to define the Lab* coordinates of artworks applied on plastic packaging Correlation of the colour with the sorting behaviour and final quality (colour) of plastic recyclates Jul-23 Finished
Plasma Coating (SiOx) HDPE containers Plasma coating (SiOx) applied on HDPE containers Possible addition of plasma coating SiOx in the HDPE guidelines Feb-23 Finished
Metallisation PE & PP films Vacuum-deposited metallisation of co-extruded and laminated structures Classification of metallisation in the flexible guidelines Jan-23 Finished
Printing inks PE & PP films Various inks binders (PU, NC) and amount of inks (wt%) Possible limitations for some binders & move from surface coverage to printing amount for flexibles Dec-22 Finished
EVA PE films Two PE/EVA structures with a fixed VA monomer content of 5%. New recommendation on EVA for the PE flexible guideline Dec-22 Finished
PS-EVOH PS containers PS sheets with EVOH up to 5% Recommendation on EVOH in the PS Guidelines Dec-22 Finished
Laminating adhesives PE & PP films Various chemistries and amount of laminating adhesives New category on the flexible guidelines and new question on the tool Oct-22 Finished
Foams  HDPE & PP containers Foamed components part of HDPE packaging Revised classification for foams in the HDPE and PP guidelines Oct-22 Finished
Al and PET lidding in PS pots PS containers Floatation behavior of PS pots with Al, PET and Paper/PET lidding Recommendation on the use of different types of lidding in PS containers Oct-22 Finished
Labels & adhesives HDPE & PP containers Various non-washable labels and adhesives applied on HDPE containers New recommendations on the use of non-washable adhesives for the coloured HDPE and PP guidelines Sep-22 Finished
PP in HDPE HDPE containers Three different PP grades blended in HDPE up to 5%. Definition of the PP wt% thresholds in the HDPE guideline Sep-22 Finished
PE in PP PP containers HDPE grade blended in PP up to 5%. Definition of the PE wt% thresholds in the PP guideline Sep-22 Finished
Al and PET lidding in PS pots PS containers Sorting behavior of PS pots with Al and PET lidding Recommendation on the use of different types of lidding in PS containers Sep-22 Finished
PA PE films Film structures containing various PA types and contents with and without compatibilizers New recommendation on PA for the PE flexible guideline Jun-22 Finished
Plasma Coating (Fluorination) HDPE & PP containers Plasma coating fluorination applied on HDPE packaging Possible addition of plasma coating fluorination in the HDPE guidelines Jun-22 Finished

Last update: 23 January 2024

Please note that the timeline is only indicative and may be revised. If you need more information on the latest RecyClass roadmap, please contact us