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Certificate trading system for the recyclate market

A "credit system" from CRC GmbH is to make it possible to credit recycled content in packaging, following the model of CO2 certificate trading, Euwid reports.


The Certified Recycled Content CRC GmbH model, which was recently founded by Dirk Textor, chairman of the bvse plastics recycling specialist group, and Ansgar Schonlau, owner of packaging manufacturer Maag, is intended on the one hand to stabilize the recyclate market. On the other, it is intended to offer brand owners and distributors who cannot use recyclate due to legal regulations or certain packaging properties a way to nevertheless prove their contribution to the use of recyclate. In addition, the system should also make the use of recyclate more profitable and increase the amount of recyclable plastic packaging, according to the founders of CRC GmbH. Through the purchase of "credits," the buyer would be credited for the use of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) in terms of quantity. To participate in the credit trade, potential buyers who market plastic packaging based on the polymers PP, PO, LDPE, HDPE, PET or PS would have to prove the recyclability of their packaging, for example via a recognized testing institute such as the Central Packaging Register (ZSVR). In addition, a recyclable material content of over 90 percent in the packaging of credit buyers is a prerequisite for participation in the system. They are not permitted to resell purchased credits. Processors offering their credits for sale would have to prove the use of their recyclate content for high-value applications through certified auditors, CRC said. And the recyclates used must come only from recyclers certified by Eucertplast, is said.

For more information: Certified Recycled Content CRC GmbH


  • (May 24, 2023)
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