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Chemically Recycled Plastics Certification and Testing

Explore our science-driven safety and sustainability services for the recycled plastics industry.

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Help boost quality, transparency and trust in your chemically recycled plastics   

In today’s world, where raw material shortages and the shift toward a circular economy have driven the demand for sustainable plastics, our plastics certification and performance testing services help enable you to demonstrate that your plastic compounds containing chemically recycled, mass-balanced or renewable content meet safety requirements and serve as a viable alternative to virgin, fossil-based plastics.  

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) continue to commit to reducing their companies’ and products’ carbon footprint. These initiatives are designed to address global warming challenges and align with the global goal of achieving net zero carbon. In more and more instances, OEMs are searching for renewable energy sources, optimized transportation services and redesigned products using recycled or renewable materials that come with UL Solutions certification and validation.

If you’re a material manufacturer who needs to respond to these OEM demands with new materials that contain mechanically recycled content, chemically recycled content or renewable content, engaging with UL Solutions’ recycled plastics safety certification (UL Solutions Yellow Card™) and performance testing program can help get you ahead in the game. UL Standards require certification for products with safety-critical functions, including:

  • Fire protection
  • Electrical risks
  • Mechanical hazards

Help enhance confidence in the safety of end products by sourcing recognized polymer compounds you find through our world-renowned Yellow Card certification program. With expertise extending to polymer compounds containing chemically recycled content or renewable materials and more, we cater to the evolving needs of material manufacturers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Five advantages to a UL Solutions engagement

Our science-driven service offerings provide proven transparent approaches that can help you boost your recycled plastics company’s production, visibility, profitability and credibility, which makes for a win-win partnership built on innovation, expertise and mutual growth.

Benefit from:

Better safety and sustainability outcomes

Certifying plastic compounds containing chemically recycled or mass-balanced content to renowned safety Standards such as UL 94, the Standard for Tests for Flammability of Plastic Materials for Parts in Devices and Appliances, and UL 746A, the Standard for Polymeric Materials – Short Term Property Evaluations, confirms that sustainable plastics comply with fire, electrical and mechanical hazard mitigation requirements. With safety certifications published on our trusted Yellow Card, you can confidently use Recognized compounds in applications where such hazards exist.

Accelerated product development and production

With UL Product iQ®, our innovative, searchable digital platform, plastic manufacturers can quickly locate certified compound replacements, which can significantly reduce research and development time, making it possible to accelerate the entire product life cycle. Its user-friendly interface helps manufacturers, no matter their level of digital expertise, to access information more easily about acceptable UL Recognized compounds, which can facilitate more streamlined product development and decision making.

Reduced carbon footprint

Performance testing services from our Engineered Materials team can help support both your R&D stage and quality control process. Information about high-quality compound production for use in end-product applications, including new plastics and chemicals, can help you replace fossil-based counterparts and reduce dependence on crude oil imports.

More trust and transparency

By leveraging a UL Solutions Environmental Claim Validation for chemically recycled plastics, businesses can showcase their commitment to eco-friendly practices, bolstering brand reputation and attracting environmentally conscious customers. Furthermore, Environmental Claim Validation confirms that your products meet the applicable industry standards, giving you a competitive market edge. The combination of safety and environmental claim certifications not only enhances your overall sustainability journey but also provides a strong foundation for future growth and success in an increasingly eco-conscious world.

Simplified global market access

With only one certification process needed when you use our UL Solutions White Card™, it not only extends the Yellow Card to international standards from certification bodies such as the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), but it also facilitates a faster and easier return to the global market. This enhanced certification opens doors to broader opportunities, making it more convenient for plastic manufacturers to access international markets and expand their global reach.

Support to help you reach your safety and sustainability potential

Our expert-led comprehensive service provider for safety certification and sustainable attribute validation supports you along the whole material and product development chain:

  • Material selection via Product iQ
  • Performance testing as part of the certification process or to support your R&D process
  • Safety certification, including publishing your Yellow and White Cards in Product iQ
  • Demonstrate sustainable attributes with your Environmental Claim Validation, including publishing in our UL SPOT® database

With safety certifications demonstrating that your products have undergone rigorous testing and evaluation to UL Standards, you’ll give customers and stakeholders confidence that your products meet the applicable recognized standards. With the addition of performance testing, you can validate the quality and durability of your chemically recycled plastics and renewable content.

Trust UL Solutions to provide the objective third-party testing you need to obtain the certifications and validations that help support your development of safer, more sustainable plastics containing chemically recycled, mass-balanced or renewable content.

Connect with our recycled plastics experts to learn how to move forward on your journey today.

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Recycled Plastics Certification and Performance Testing for Chemical and Renewable Content

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