Recycling and recyclate safety

Companies considering transitioning to a more circular business model should however be aware of the pitfalls that can arise due to cost oversights, conceptual boundaries, cost-benefit assumptions, the need for material data and managing supply chain risks; as well as concerns by consumers about environmental impact, recyclate safety, unintended consequences, leaks in the system and inadvertent increases in the volume and variety of plastics packaging.

Companies should also be aware of risks arising from the use and reuse of recycled plastics, both from a consumer and environmental perspective, that material properties can change from one recycle to the next, and from blending with virgin materials. Additionally, companies need to translate sustainability into business risks arising due to fluctuations in energy prices and supply risks arising due to Reach and critical materials legislation.

We  help customers to derisk their CE and sustainability projects providing unbiased independent consulting, training and technological services that translate sustainability into tangible business benefits. 

 

Please find our services and related technologies below - please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions regarding our services.

Services and related technologies

  • Materials information management

  • Life cycle assessment

  • Assessment of material, product and operational risks

  • Materials selection and sourcing

  • Materials substitution, rationalisation and reduction

  • Mechanical testing

  • Material failure analysis

  • Strategic marketing (futures thinking)

  • Training and development: 'Circularity' and sustainability in polymer materials; Understanding environmental impact of plastics recycling.

According to the European Commission, “transition to a more circular economy, where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible, and the generation of waste minimised” is essential for developing a sustainable, low carbon, resource efficient and competitive economy (EC, 2015). Additionally, it has been estimated that eco-design, waste prevention and reuse can bring net savings for EU businesses of up to 630B€, increase resource productivity by 30%, boost GDP by nearly 1% and create 2 million jobs (EC, 2014).