Package designers aiming for recyclable packaging might consider reading RECOUP’s updated “Recyclability by Design” guidelines.

The UK-based plastic recycling organization asserts that considering recyclability during the design phase will ultimately yield better quality packaging. Its 76-page document is intended to help developers make their plastics packaging more recyclable. It provides tips to help designers avoid scenarios where their packaging negatively affects recycling schemes.

Several RECOUP members contributed new chapters to the spring 2015 edition, including Alan Davey of Linpac Packaging.

“It’s important that we make recycling as efficient as it can be for those products in the market, and this guide moves us another substantial step in the right direction,” said Davey. “Of course recycling must never be an end in its own right, or we will make retrograde decisions that actually harm the environment and stifle innovation.”

“Recyclability by Design” is available for free download at


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