International sustainability consultancy, Ricardo, has signed up to support the UK-wide On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme which used by hundreds of brands owned by over 370 members.
As the not-for-profit labelling scheme’s compliance auditors for the last 5 years, Ricardo said that it understands the ever increasing pressures facing brands and retailers to make the right packaging design and labelling choices.
OPRL members are increasingly seeking a fully aligned service on the recyclability and labelling of their packaging as part of their OPRL membership.
“Over the last two years we’ve been working to strengthen the end to end service members receive,” said Jane Bevis, Chair of OPRL. “We are clear that our remit is to run a lean and efficient, evidence-based labelling scheme, supported by world-leading online tools such as PREP, our recyclability claims evaluation tool. But we know many members want more detailed advice on their packaging and the sustainability commitments they have made.”
“By enabling world-class consultancies, such as Ricardo, to offer these services, with full access to the same tools and evidence base as our members, we can deliver value for money in our operations while strengthening and deepening services to our members,” she continued.
“Ricardo have provided the technical auditing and compliance services to OPRL’s members since 2014. We’re delighted that our history of close working with Ricardo has led to today’s announcement, at the head of what we hope becomes a long list of first-class consultancies with access to OPRL resources," concluded Bevis.
Jamie Pitcairn, Technical Director, Circular Economy and Sustainability at Ricardo, added: “Given our longstanding relationship this was the obvious next step. As the packaging market is on the cusp of substantial change, we are excited to be able to offer our world leading consultancy services to OPRL members building on our knowledge of the tools and latest packaging guidance.”
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