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Standard created to verify plastic waste management

03 September 2020

Following the launch of a best-practice standard for Responsible Plastic Management (RPM) manufacturers can now take verifiable steps to manage plastic waste and its impact on the environment. 

By signing up to the RPM Standard and Program, organisations can demonstrate their commitment to taking proactive steps to better measure, reduce and re-use the plastic coming into – and going out from – their businesses.

Once companies have completed the five-step RPM programme, an assessment by independent global assurance company Lloyd’s Register will enable successful organisations to be certified and listed publicly in the RPM online directory.

“One of the current issues facing the industry is that there is no official standard which helps organisations create an effective management plan,” explained Peter Marshall and Dave Garfort, co-founders of RPM. “So, while we may hear that companies have committed to reducing their plastic waste, it is unlikely that these plans will have been independently verified. Let’s be honest – it’s a lot easier to say you’re doing something if you’re not actually held accountable by a third-party. The RPM programme will help organisations drive real change by providing a framework for improvement – and then measuring them on progress.”

Certified organisations can access the RPM Trust Mark to illustrate their commitment to tackling this issue of plastic pollution to buyers, stakeholders and external parties. 

Complementing existing best practice industry standards – including ISO 14001 for environmental management – the RPM programme starts with an audit of existing policies and processes, which can take place either onsite or remotely. From there, an organisation’s credentials will be verified and a manageable, tiered programme will be officially implemented. Annual reviews will take place to ensure companies are on track to meet commitments in the avoidance, reduction, re-use and recycling of plastics and to ensure continued compliance.

For more information, and to register interest in the RPM programme, go to: www.rpmprogram.com


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