Technical knowledge based plastics compounder and recycler Luxus has received accreditation from EuCertPlast, the European wide scheme that provides a common standard for post-consumer plastics recycling.

EuCertPlast certification works to the European standard EN 15343: 2007 and accesses both the practice and quality of output from audited recyclers. The scheme aims to encourage environmentally friendly plastics recycling process by standardising it.

Prior to its implementation, the plastics market was very fragmented with each individual European collector association following their own rules, so there was no common standard for recyclers to follow.

This certification not only seeks to increase the transparency of the European plastics industry by integrating these varying auditing schemes into one common standard, but it also aims to determine the best recycling and trading practices too.

The overall goals of the scheme include: - an increase in recycling rates; the development of new innovative applications for recyclates; increased transparency and the fulfilment of REACH requirements for recyclers.

Simon Thompson, quality manager, Luxus, explains: “This scheme recognises recyclers such as ourselves for operating to the highest standards and implementing best practices. But it also gives our customers the confidence that when specifying recycled materials they are fully traceable and of the highest quality.

“So we fully support EuCertPlast and the operating standards it requires, since it helps drive up the quality of recyclates, increasing market demand and enabling the creation of new more sustainable applications.”

The standards and requirements that are examined for EuCertPlast certification are also on the check list when applying for the well-known Blue Angel Eco-Label that awards environmentally friendly products and services.