The Waste Stream Mapping Guides by WPO

As second stage of the Global Packaging Design for Recycling Guide program, the World Packaging Organisation have launched the Guides that contemplate 21 countries.

In conjunction with FH Campus Wien University of Applied Sciences, Austria, Circular Analytics and ECR Community, the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) have launched the 21 countries Waste Stream Mapping Guides. The countries contemplated are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

According to Ernst Krottendorfer, Co-Managing Partner of Circular Analytics, who was one of the key developers of the Global Packaging Design for Recycling Guide and the Waste Stream Mapping Tools,

design for recycling is part of a circular product design and represents an important basis for holistic sustainability assessment. Accordingly, circularity means that the packaging is designed in such a way that the highest possible recycling of the materials in use can be achieved.

The WPO Vice President for Sustainability & Save Food, Nerida Kelton, added that

in order to be able to apply recyclable packaging design, a certain fundamental knowledge of sorting and recycling processes is necessary. The Waste Stream Mapping Guides are essential global decision-making tools that will enable anyone to access current information on technically recyclable packaging across the world. They will help those involved in the development of packaging to not only plan in accordance with regional technical recyclability, but to also improve the design at the start to meet the regional requirements, or limitations, for collection, sorting, recovery and recyclability. Using these tools at the start of an NPD process will also bring significant opportunities to eliminate non-recyclable packaging before it is placed on the market. The Waste Stream Mapping Guides also come with a ‘How to Use Guide’ for the Global Packaging Design for Recycling Guide so that they can be used hand-in-hand when packaging is being designed. These guides will also be extremely useful to assist companies who are exporting their products and are unsure as to what is technically recyclable, conditionally recyclable or non-recyclable in the country in which the product will be sold. This information will help them to meet the packaging design parameters for that country to ensure recyclability.

The 21 Country Waste Stream Mapping Guides and the How to Use Guide are now available on the WPO website.