How to improve the recyclability of Pouches
Do: Light weighting and simplify.
Don’t: a packaging that underperforms, so the product is lost.
Do: mono material, preferably PE, or a combination of PE and PP.
Don’t: PET as an external layer, PVC.
Do: Thin film barrier. Do: make sure that the product is well protected during its life span.
Difficult in recycling: laminates, combinations with aluminium.
Do: Make sure that there are no small loose parts, like a corner, because they are more likely to not end up in a bin.
Do: Only if necessary, and if so as small as possible. In any case: use glue that releases easily.
Inks and direct printing
Do: Inks that are non-toxic and follow EUPIA guidelines.
Do: Fit for purpose, if the pouch is redesigned, check if the box needs an update.
Frequently asked questions
I am an expert, for example a sorter or recycler, and would like to add a do and a don't. How do I do that?
You can send an email to email@example.com with your tip and we will contact you.
I want to improve a different kind of packaging then discussed in this tool. How can you help me?
You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea. We will use your idea to add packaging types to the tool.
Is this information valid for entire Europe?
The KIDV used European standards, like the EPBP standard, if available, as well as their own knowledge of European sorting and recycling to set this tool up. Since every country has it's own collection and recycling system it is not guarenteed that it fit's completely. The KIDV also organised a consultation for the plastic packaging types. For the other materials information, Expra was consulted. You can always check your local sorter and recycler for more information.
Is this the final version?
No, this website will be updated regularly with new types of packaging, new information and the latest insights.
Which sources did you use?
The KIDV used, amogst others, these sources:
- PET tray: Design for recycling guidelines of plastic recyclers Europe http://www.plasticsrecyclers.eu/news/pet-trays-recycling-guidelines
- PET bottle: Design for recycling guidelines of European bottle producers http://www.epbp.org/design-guidelines/products
- HDPE bottle, glass bottle, metal can and box: Pack4recycling of Fostplus:
- http://www.pack4recycling.beReference document of Cyclos-HTTP: http://cyclos-htp.de/fileadmin/templates/pdf/Verification_and_examination_of__recyclability_-_09.03.2016_Version_3.3.pdf
Who can I consult for more information on design for recycling?
Besides asking your question to the KIDV via email@example.com, you can also check with your local producer responsibility system, sorter, recycler or supplier of packaging.
- HDPE bottle, glass bottle, metal can and box: Pack4recycling of Fostplus: http://www.pack4recycling.be
- Producer responsibility organisations via: www.expra.eu
- Reference document of Cyclos-HTTP: http://cyclos-htp.de/fileadmin/templates/pdf/Verification_and_examination_of__recyclability_-_09.03.2016_Version_3.3.pdf
Why should I improve the recyclability of my packaging?
The main purpose of packaging is protecting the product. The most sustainable packages make sure that the product is available on the desired moment, in good condition. Spoiling the product creates a bigger environmental impact than the use of the packaging (even up to ten times). This means the packaging must be fit for purpose: protect the product, use the least material possible. With protection in mind there are still steps to undertake to improve the recyclability of packaging. Designing packaging with circularity in mind minimises the environmental impact and contributes to cost-savings in materials, energy, transport and disposal.
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