The Gütegemeinschaft Wertstoffkette PET-Getränkeverpackungen, which brings together the users of the quality mark, includes representatives from the entire recycling chain: PET recyclers who produce recyclates for food contact, manufacturers of preforms, the cast preforms of PET bottles, up to beverage producers and bottlers of mineral water and soft drinks. One criterion for the award of the RAL quality mark is the use of at least 25 percent recycled PET material in the production of new PET beverage packaging. According to a study by the Gesellschaft für Verpackungsmarktforschung (Society for Packaging Market Research), an average of 26 percent of PET recyclate has been used in German disposable PET bottles to date. The RAL Quality Assurance Association has set itself the goal of achieving an average recycled content of 50 percent by 2022. In this way the companies want to make a positive contribution to environmental and climate protection and to the protection of natural resources such as water and oil. The verified indication of the recycled content in their products should also be seen against the background of the upcoming EU legislation (Single-Use-Plastics-Directive).
Criteria for RAL quality mark for recyclable PET beverage packaging extended
The criteria for the award of the RAL Quality Seal for Recyclable PET Beverage Packaging specify detailed requirements for each stage of the recyclable material chain. The companies undertake to continuously monitor compliance with the quality and test regulations and to document this. In addition, the quality mark users are subject to regular external monitoring by neutral inspectors. This ensures that the highest quality standards are maintained at all stages of the process.