The publication by the European Commission of the European Strategy for plastics in a circular economy or the directive to reduce the impact of certain plastics on the environment are regulations at European level to achieve a more sustainable production, use and disposal of plastics. At the national level, we have the Royal Decree 293/2018 approved on May 18 to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, which includes reusable bags of 50 microns thick that must contain at least 50% recycled material.
As a consequence of the combination of social awareness in recycling and regulatory reality, there is a significant development of the recycling industry. Continuity in the supply of recycled plastics, both in time and performance, is a key aspect to facilitate the reintroduction of recycled materials into the production chain.
A real industrial transformation can only be achieved through the joint action of all parts of the value chain of plastics sector and with the support of authorities and consumers. For this reason we have developed the certification scheme for plastic bags with high recycled content for the transport of products according with the standard UNE 53930 recently approved. This standard was also approved as a result of the publication of the Royal Decree 293/2018.
The certification according to the standard UNE 53390 is possible for three types of bags, and establishes a differentiated marking system based on the content in recycled: greater than 50%, greater than 70%, or greater than 70%, but in this case being post-consumer recycled material and delivery to the end customer of the bag may be made without any charging for it.
During AENOR inspections visits, the contents of recycled material and their origin are verified and, in addition, the samples of the bags are selected to verify the dimensional and mechanical characteristics that guarantee compliance with the standard by performing tests in the accredited laboratory.