Become part of the circular economy for plastics

How to conserve resources and save CO2!

Do you market plastic packaging based on the polymers PP, PO, LDPE, HDPE, PET or PS or do you already use such recyclates in your products?

Then you can participate, become active now!

Become part of the circular economy for plastics

How to conserve resources and save CO2!

Raw materials are becoming scarcer, people are consuming more and more resources and greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise dramatically. We must act – to protect the earth and future generations.

Keeping plastics in the cycle makes a significant contribution to climate protection. It helps to save raw materials and significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Do you market plastic packaging based on the polymers PP, PO, LDPE, HDPE, PET or PS or do you already use such recyclates in your products?

Then you can participate, become active now!

Our mission

We strengthen the use of recyclates throughout the value chain and provide participating companies with a tool to meet their climate protection obligations.

To this end, we bring together stakeholders ranging from brand owners with recyclable packaging to manufacturers of durable goods with a high recycled content – with the aim of creating a holistic material flow.

A complete record of all process levels ensures the “best possible” contribution of each company involved and enables the expansion of the recyclate market!

We support the goals of the UN


CRC GmbH’s objective is to promote the circularity of plastic packaging in the sense of UN SDG No. 17 – “Partnership to Accomplish the Goals” – through cooperation among partners along the entire value chain and to contribute significantly to decarbonization.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The increased amount of recycled material in the loop replaces an equivalent amount of fossil raw materials and thus contributes to a significant CO2 reduction.

Replacing 1kg of fossil virgin material with 1kg of recycled material saves approx.:
1.5 – 2.5 kg CO2! The use of recycled material is climate protection!

Stabilization of the recyclate sales market

The sale of the credit offers additional sales potential thanks to the reimbursement of proportionally calculated recyclate input quantities, which makes the use of recyclate more profitable. Investment security is increased.
The market for recycled material stabilizes.
The price of recycled material is decoupled from the price of virgin material.

Increasing the quantities of recycled material used

Participation in the credit system is possible if the plastic packaging products of a brand owner can demonstrably be recycled in high quality, i.e. use in applications typical of the material. The resulting improvement in recyclate quality opens up additional market potential for their use

Volume flow validation

credits are only traded for plastic volumes (polymers: PP, PO, PS, LDPE, HDPE, PET) that can be verifiably used in products in terms of quantity and polymer identity. Accredited auditors ensure an actual flow of volumes from buyers and sellers of certifiable plastic products

Increase the recyclable packaging volume.

Participation in the CRC certification system requires the use of recyclable products in accordance with internationally recognized standards. The certification is renewed annually. Legislative changes are taken into account so that continuous optimization in the Design for Recycling is guaranteed.

How it works

Post-consumer plastic waste (PCR) is converted into high-quality granulate after passing through industrially available mechanical recovery processes (recycling). This recycled granulate is used by a converter (plastics processor), the credit issuer, in new applications typical of the material (“high-quality recycling”).
The PCR content in the products of the credit provider is determined and serves as the basis for calculating the CRC credits.

By purchasing the credits, the purchaser enters into a (virtual) partnership with the credit provider via CRC, which enables him to allocate this recycled material input in terms of quantity.
The credit provider waives the corresponding quantitative crediting of this recyclate share from the time of sale.

Audited processes ensure that the certified packaging materials go into new, material-typical applications during high-quality recycling

Who can participate
in the credit system?

Credit purchaser:

Brand owners/marketers of plastic packaging that cannot physically use recyclate due to legal regulations or certain packaging properties have the opportunity to participate in the CRC credit system.  

Credit provider:

Those Converters can become credit providers who already use recyclates for high-value applications. By selling the credits, they can tap new revenue potential, making the overall use of recyclates more profitable and increasing the share.

The use for high-value applications is ensured by certified auditors. The material flow from post-consumer packaging via sorting, recyclers to converters and from there to high-quality applications is thus precisely verified via the volume flow verification of the Dual Systems and the respective auditors.  

Requirements and obligations for the purchase/sale

Use of the polymers PP, PS, PO, LDPE, HDPE, PET.
The purchaser (brand owner / distributor of packaging) must provide proof of the recyclability of his packaging. The proof can be provided by a testing institute which is recognized by the German Central Packaging Register or internationally.
A recyclable material content of >90% must be indicated for recyclability!
Purchased certificates may only be credited in the validated quantity to the product packaging placed on the market. Resale is not permitted.
1:1 premise. Only certificates for quantities of the same polymer type can be purchased or sold.
The recyclates must be from Eucertplast certified recyclers and are therefore clearly classified and traceable.
The certificate issuer has relinquished its claim to credit for the recycled content by selling it.

The advantages at a glance

By fulfilling the listed requirements, CRC certificate trading makes a significant contribution to resource conservation and decarbonization:

Resource conservation

Reduction of CO2

Increase in the amount of recycled material used

Communication benefits

The team behind CRC

We combine expertise in high-quality recycling and flexible plastics processing

Dr. Dirk Textor


25+ years of experience in plastics recycling. Chairman of the plastics recycling section of bvse e.V. (German Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Recycling). Strong international and national network.

Ansgar Schonlau

Managing Director

Ansgar Schonlau is an international packaging expert with over 25 years of experience in the plastics industry. He has held various sales and management positions, always with the aim of developing sustainable and cost-effective products and processes. Since 2018, Ansgar Schonlau has been the owner of the highly innovative packaging manufacturer Maag.

Dr. Michael O.E. Scriba

Managing Director

Dr. Michael O.E. Scriba is considered a pioneer of the circular economy for packaging due to his pioneering role in establishing the Green Dot in Germany and the successful restructuring of a plastics recycling company, the mtm plastics group, into one of the largest polyolefin recyclers in Europe. As chairman and advisor to several important industry organizations and as a shareholder of a recycler, he actively shapes and advises the value chain in plastics recycling.


Do you place recyclable packaging of the polymer type: PP, LDPE, HDPE, PO, PS or PET on the market or do you manufacture products of the same polymer? Then write to us. We will be happy to check whether you are eligible to participate in our certification.

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