OPRL launches online tool to make it easier to label packaging for recycling

A new online tool has been developed to make it easier to label packaging accurately for recyclability, and indicates the most recyclable material choices. The new tool provides a visual aide to packaging technologists in order to accurately depict the recyclability of a given item of packaging.

The tool is based on the OPRL’s ‘Materials Matrix’, a table for checking the recyclability of 371 combinations of packaging components and materials, and allows users to build accurate recycling labels.

A user can build combinations of up to three packaging components simply by clicking on each ‘component x material’ recyclability icon and then preview the correct packaging label. The user can then download the correct label from the OPRL Label Artwork Library. If the chosen combination does not appear among the more than 1,800 labels available from the OPRL, a custom label can be created free of charge.