When is it possible to voluntarily claim the recyclability of packaging using the Mobius loop?

The producer can claim the recyclability of packaging using the Mobius loop, in accordance with UNI EN ISO 14021, when the packaging is recyclable under technical standard UNI EN ISO 13430:2005.

The UNI EN ISO 13430 technical standard

Packaging considered recyclable in accordance with the technical standard UNI EN ISO 13430 meets the criteria of eligibility for existing recycling technologies, namely:

  • existence of an efficient recycling technology for the type of packaging;
  • existence of a critical mass so that an efficient recycling process may be managed;
  • existence of a market for recycled materials.

These criteria must be assessed via specific surveys and studies.

For more information, see the CONAI guidelines “Requirements defined by Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste” available at the following link: https://www.conai.org/download/requisiti-essenziali-definiti-dalla-direttiva-94-62-ce-sugli-imballaggi-e-i-rifiuti-di-imballaggio/

The UNI EN 11743:2019 technical standard

Companies wishing to assess the recyclability of their paper packaging may ask a laboratory to perform a recyclability test, which simulates the main steps of the industrial paper recycling process, in accordance with the procedure defined by UNI 11743:2019.

Last modified on 21/11/2021

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