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R-Cycle project for higher amount of transparent plastic packaging

The R-Cycle project aims to make life cycles traceable and compositions transparent.

One challenge for the circular economy is said to make transparent which components make up a packaging. Until now, recycling companies would have not been able to determine this with certainty. With the project, six partners want to promote high-quality recycling by making the life cycles of packaging traceable and thus its composition transparent. Arburg, Kautex Maschinenbau, Reifenhäuser, Brückner Maschinenbau, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University and GS1 Germany are the partners in the R-Cycle project. According to their own statements, they intend to create an open recycling solution that integrates all participants in the loop. For a reliable differentiation between recyclable and non-recyclable packaging, "a clear, standardised identification of packaging along the supply chain is required", explains Thomas Fell, Managing Director at GS1 Germany. R-Cycle should make it possible to store recyclable packaging data, enrich it via the supply chain and then recall it in the recycling process.


  • (25.6.2020)
  • Photo: @ GS1 Germany