Der Grüne Punkt - 12. September 2019

RecyclingCOMPASS shows the way to recyclability

Der Grüne Punkt unveils a user-friendly digital tool for classifying recyclability

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Cologne, 12 September 2019. The closed-cycle economy is emerging as one of the most important megatrends: instead of using raw materials only once and then disposing of them, they will in future be recycled and used again and again. This is possible only when the products involved are appropriately designed, an approach referred to as Design for Recycling (D4R).

In order to support manufacturers, not least in terms of recycling-friendly design of packages, Der Grüne Punkt has developed RecyclingCOMPASS, a digital tool that in a few steps provides an initial classification of recyclability in the German system. “This means it’s very easy for our customers to estimate where they stand in terms of Design for Recycling,” to quote Jörg Deppmeyer, General Manager at Der Grüne Punkt. “It could hardly be simpler. Our experts supplement this capability with individual analyses and the corresponding consultancy.” Der Grüne Punkt also offers workshops – from an in-house workshop to an on-the-spot seminar in sorting and recovery plants anywhere in Germany. “The seminars are always fully booked – which shows the keen interest in this issue,” says Jörg Deppmeyer.

RecyclingCOMPASS thoroughly tested and debugged

A Beta version of RecyclingCOMPASS has since October 2018 been tested by over 500 customers of Der Grüne Punkt – including key accounts with an extensive packaging portfolio. The feedback: the tool is easy to understand, practice-driven and it can be relied upon to supply a trustworthy result. The tool meets the recognized standards of the cyclos-HTP Institute and the Central Packaging Register.

Plastic packages have an image problem, since in some cases they are significantly more difficult to recycle than others – this is due not least to the design and composition of the packages concerned. The goals are accordingly to render the material recyclable, to economize on resources and to avoid waste. “But this is possible only when the packages concerned are appropriately designed. Without recyclable packages, we aren’t going to meet the high recycling targets for plastic,” emphasizes Dr. Ina-Maria Becker, an expert on packaging disposal and D4R at Der Grüne Punkt.

D4R as a way to counter the image problem

Recycling-friendly plastic packages that remain in the closed-cycle economy instead of being incinerated can make a vital contribution towards correcting plastic’s poor image. The retail sector is also calling for improved recyclability and is developing appropriate strategies. For manufacturers, it is manifestly not so simple to estimate the recyclability of their packages easily yet dependably. RecyclingCOMPASS is an important digital aid here – together with the result, it displays for the user a precise explanation of the result concerned, which can provide him with initial hints for optimization. The applicable standards are, of course, being continually updated, so RecyclingCOMPASS will immediately incorporate changes like the minimum standard of the Central Packaging Register, for example.

“There are of course cases that need to be considered individually; the tool then requests an individualized examination,” says Christina Schulz, an expert on Design for Recycling (D4R) at Der Grüne Punkt. These analyses are then prepared by the cyclos-HTP Institute, with which Der Grüne Punkt has been working closely together as a partner for five years now. “The result is a certificate from an independent expert appraiser specifying a precise percentage of the recyclability, and proposals for optimization. What’s more, the certificate shows which European countries the same rating applies for,” explains Christina Schulz. In the event of packaging change-overs or for the best-selling packages, an in-depth assessment of this kind is particularly advisable.

RecyclingCOMPASS covers packages made of plastic and metal, plus their fiber-based counterparts – a special feature in comparison to other systems. A further stage of expansion will feature an extension of the results to other European countries and a complete evaluation capability for packages made of glass as well.

More information on RecyclingCOMPASS under www.gruener-punkt.de/en/recyclingcompass

Your contact person:
Norbert Völl, Tel.: +49 (0) 22 03 / 937-507

About the Der Grüne Punkt Group:
The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are service providers for extended producer responsibility, leading suppliers of secondary raw materials for plastics, and premium producers of plastic recyclates, and as such positioned as the premier solution providers for the needs of the closed-cycle economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) is the market leader of the dual systems in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brand name for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.

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