Introducing DIN SPEC 91664 on recyclates classification – Now open for commenting!

Hamburg • 23. June 2021

Introducing DIN SPEC 91664 on recyclates classification – Now open for commenting!

The DIN SPEC 91446 is the classification of recycled plastics based on Data Quality Levels for use and (digital) trading. Initiated by cirplus and DIN (German Institute for Standardization), the classification system supports parties involved in the trading of recyclates and plastic waste feedstock by increasing transparency.

The draft is out now. Download and comment here until 21 July 2021.

The DIN SPEC 91446 is the classification of recycled plastics based on Data Quality Levels for use and (digital) trading. The DIN SPEC was initiated by cirplus and DIN (German Institute for Standardization) in August 2020. Since then, the IKK (Institut für Kunststoff- und Kreislauftechnik) is leading the consortium composed of 16 members of the recycled plastics value chain. Included in the consortium are plastic processors such as Greiner and Polifilm and plastic recyclers such as Der Grüne Punkt.

***The draft DIN SPEC 91446 is now open for review – download here to comment now!***

What is the DIN SPEC?

The DIN-SPEC 91446 defines a system for the classification of recycled plastics based on the quantity of data available for the material. It provides guidelines for the labeling of the recyclate type and content, and also gives guidance for the characterization of plastic waste as feedstock material for recycling. The goal is to set standards for definitions (PIR, PCR), quality grades, labels and processes.

The so-called DQLs (“Data Quality Levels”) are the heart of DIN SPEC 91446. They enable the use of labels for quick assessment, making the commercialization and sample testing of recyclates and plastic waste easier and more transparent. The DQLs classify recycled plastics based on the available data (information and properties) known about the material. The more information provided, the higher the DQL.

Why is the DIN SPEC relevant?

The reason that is keeping recyclates from being used more is the price. Today, high-quality recyclates are underused as they are generally more expensive than virgin material. There are two reasons for this: 1) lack of recognized standards for recyclates 2) lack of digitization in the industry. These factors make it hard to provide transparency about the material and create a barrier for companies that are willing to use recyclates in their products, but are lacking information about the materials they want to buy.

Better classification of recyclates based on data depth will enable recyclates to be commercialized with ease and consistency, increasing its demand, and consequently allowing plastic waste to be recycled on scale, closing the loop for circular plastics. The DIN SPEC 91446 and its Data Quality Levels will provide the market with a methodology for identification and labeling that minimizes the obstacles for the industrial usage of recyclates while establishing guidelines for consistent plastic waste specifications.

What’s next?

The DIN SPEC 91446 draft is now open for review until 21 July 2021. Please download and comment here using the template provided.

After the Public Consultation period the consortium will take all comments on the draft into consideration and adjust it accordingly. Afterwards the DIN will give its official approval, before the DIN SPEC 91446 will be officially published on October 30, 2021 – ready to be used by plastic converters, recyclers and waste owners!

 

Picture: cirplus GmbH