As packaging infrastructure, compliance, and legislation currently vary between nations and regions, the ReCoRe platform is designed to offer local insights into collection systems, sorting and processing infrastructure, materials, waste volumes, regulatory environments, eco-modulation, taxes, labelling, and Deposit Return Systems (DRS). This is hoped to enable companies in the packaging industry to keep track of ongoing developments.
As an accredited certifying body of RecyClass, CIRCPACK also combines theoretical and operational knowledge of recycling. ReCoRe also aims to cover local Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) organisations and applicable EPR fees.
Veolia’s global operations expect to enable the platform to gain accurate and current information from worldwide colleagues. Its goal is to contribute towards decarbonisation, depollution, resource regeneration, and circularity in the packaging industry by enabling companies at all stages of the value chain, from eco-design to production, to access the relevant information.
“By providing online access to our platform, we enable brand owners and packaging companies to stay informed on recycling regulations in every country where they market their products,” explains Vincent Mooij, director of CIRCPACK. “As new regulations emerge, this becomes increasingly vital.”
“EPR fees vary significantly between countries, and even the methods for calculating these fees can be complex and diverse,” continues Margaux Bares, Project Manager at CIRCPACK. “To simplify the process, we offer sample calculations for four standard packaging formats in each country.”
The global environmental disclosure platform run by CDP, in which 7,000 companies are expected to provide information on their production and use of ‘problematic plastics’, opened for 2023 reporting earlier this year.
Similarly, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has launched the Circular Startup Index, in which businesses can connect with and invest in startups – a development hoped to drive a collaborative approach to circularity in the packaging industry.
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