Sustainably Sourced Plastic Certification

A Certification Scheme for the Recycled Plastic supply chain.


How SSP works

Our Sustainably Sourced Plastics (SSP) Certification can cover all types of plastic materials.

Supply chain and procurement checks are made to certify recycled material purchasing, testing, and in-process quality controls.

These are used to create an Evidence Portfolio, and can potentially be applied to each part of the supply chain.

The findings are then assessed and, if all requirements are met, the SCG Team award SSP Certification.

This process ensures that the required percentage of recycled content can be traced and evidenced, and can provide an overall certification across the plastics supply chain, from recyclers to manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

The certification can be used to demonstrate compliance with specific legislative or industry requirements such as Plastic Packaging Tax, ESG policies, or Net Zero targets.

Our SSP certification promotes the percentage of recycled content (not just product recyclability) showing that the material is a low-carbon choice compared to virgin material made items.

Supports compliance with government legislation – e.g., recycled plastic content certification. The requirement of the Plastic Packaging Tax is to demonstrate recycled content, not recyclability.

We are also proud of the fact that The Sustainable Certification Group is the first company in the world to award a Sustainably Sourced Plastic (SSP) Certification utilising the BSI Flex 6228 standard to physically measure recycled content % in PET, for an additional ‘material fingerprint’.

What does SSP Certification do for you?

It can independently assure the plastic products contain ‘more than 30% “post-consumer” recycled plastic content’, demonstrating that they are exempt from Plastic Packaging Taxes .

It can assure supply chain businesses (especially brand owners and retailers) that tax exemption claims are externally and independently verified to satisfy HMRC requirements.

Our SSP ‘fingerprint logo can be used on your documentation, packaging and products to clearly identify that the materials have been sustainably sourced, to avoid ‘greenwash’ challenges by customers and possible prosecution by industry ‘watchdogs’ (i.e Competition and Marketing Authority, Advertising Standards Authority).

How does SSP support Recyclers and Compounders?
  • Sustainable certification can make you more attractive to manufacturers and stakeholders. 
  • Enables you tackle increasing market force pressures.
  • Certification of sustainable, low-carbon plastic promotes availability of highly in-demand recycled content plastic.
  • Potential end-to-end supply chain auditing makes SCG’s certification process a robust and complete assessment 
  • Plastics can be tested and certified under our Sustainably Sourced Plastic certification.
  • Maximise client confidence and remove the risk of making fraudulent sustainability claims with a reliable and robust testing process.
  • Certification supports the carbon reporting process, making carbon footprinting a simpler process.
  • Enquire about the cost of our service and learn more about the financial benefits our certification scheme could contribute to.
What is the certification process for recyclers and compounders?
  • On site audit
  • Validation of production process and controls to confirm Post Consumer material status.
  • Possible end-to-end supply chain audit
  • finished material sampling and testing (where applicable)
Female worker in factory checking plastic bottles during production - Sustainable Certifications Group

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