Uniting the industry

R-Cycle is an open standard for stakeholders of all industries involved in the life cycle of plastic packaging. The data environment provided by R-Cycle permits the complete documentation of all recycling-related packaging properties.

Making progress openly accessible

At present, the four plastics machinery manufacturers Arburg, Brückner Maschinenbau, Kautex Maschinenbau and Reifenhäuser as well as the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University are developing R-Cycle to market maturity. During this phase, GS1 Germany provides its support to transform R-Cycle into a global standard that can be used across all sectors. Subsequently R-Cycle will be openly accessible to all companies in the plastic packaging industry and its supplier companies.

The practical suitability of R-Cycle is currently tested and verified in several pilot projects which are carried out together with raw material producers, packaging manufacturers, brand owners, wholesalers and retailers.

If your know-how or technology can make a contribution to R-Cycle, or if you have suggestions for R-Cycle pilot projects, we will be delighted to hear from you.

The following partners are involved in R-Cycle:

R-Cycle permits cross-industry collaboration

R-Cycle permits cross-industry collaboration

The example of the life cycle of a shampoo bottle illustrates the importance of cross-industry collaboration even for a single product. A number of manufacturing steps involving different production technologies must be coordinated using a standardized database to ensure that the end product is fully recyclable. R-Cycle is therefore developed across all industries and will be provided as an open system to all companies in the plastic packaging industry.

Circular Economy in Practice

R-Cycle offers the solution

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Closing the Loop

R-Cycle is making rapid progress

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