Three international plastics recycling organisations have begun a partnership designed to coordinate efforts on testing protocols.

The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR), Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), and the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) recently formed the Global Plastics Outreach Alliance with a goal of harmonising relative design guides and testing protocols and to serve as a industry voice to create a global protocol.

Steve Alexander, president of APR, said: “All of our organisations over the years have developed testing protocols to determine the recyclability of a package or innovation, As consumer brand companies expand their focus on sustainability, we identified differences between our protocols, which may require a company to conduct 3 separate tests to achieve the same recyclability designation. We hope to clarify those differences and align all segments of our testing protocols. This exercise will also allow us to provide information to the New Plastics Economy (NPE) program of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.”

Plastics Recyclers Europe’s president Tom Emans added: “There has been a tremendous amount of work done to date that greatly improved the ability of a package or material to be recycled from a design and collection standpoint.”