A Guide to Incorporating
Recycled Plastic into Packaging

From legislation to design to manufacturing practices, this course has everything you need to know about creating sustainable plastic packaging that incorporates recycled materials.

4 hrs of High-Quality Online Learning

This course includes:

  • 8 modules

  • On demand audio

  • Interactive animations

  • 32 quizzes

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Digital badge for LinkedIn

What’s Included:

4 hours of learning

Industry-Recognised Certified Training

Unlimited lifetime access

CPD Accredited

Certificate of completion

Care about sustainability but feel limited in your packaging options?

Do you dream of incorporating recycled content in your products, but the lack of technical knowledge is holding you back?

Not sure how to navigate the UK’s packaging tax and need to understand what that means for your business?

That’s why we developed this world-class training to give early-stage designers, processors, brands and those in the plastics supply chain a roadmap to incorporating recycled content in plastic packaging.


This beginner’s course will enable you to create plastic packaging with recycled content that can later be recycled or reused. Gain the technical know-how and recognise the practices needed to produce better sustainable packaging solutions.

Bringing together 60+ years of expertise in packaging, this short course will guide you through the frameworks, ideas, and technical considerations to help you navigate the issues; from understanding processing and property changes and material compatibility to risk and appreciating relevant policy and legislation.

Who is this course for?

  • This course will benefit those working within the packaging supply chain
  • Anyone from a background in retail, marketing, design, sustainability, manufacturing, branding, or any other related industry
  • Brands who are environmentally conscious and understand the benefits of using recycled materials in packaging

What you’ll learn

Let’s dive into the course details!

This is a self-directed course delivered to you online through the British Plastic Federation’s learning platform PolymerCourses. It’s completely flexible, you choose when and how to engage with the materials.

Course content:

Get an overview of the meaning of sustainability and the circular economy. Understand the benefits of using recycled content for business and the environment.

Understand what the UK and EU regularity requirements are for using recycled content in packaging. This section will also give you an overview of relevant policies around the world.

Understand the challenges, opportunities and technical considerations when incorporating recycled content into products and packaging.

This section will give you an overview of the different standards and methods available when auditing and reporting that your product contains recycled material.

Learn how to make a reliable and verifiable claim when stating environmental benefits, performance, properties, or characteristics of a product.

This section will dive into the importance of regularly monitoring quality of a product that has recycled content. Then you can adjust your usage and manufacturing parameters to match your product goals.

You will learn how to make modifications in design to allow effective use of recycled materials. This section will also establish best practice for packaging design to ensure the product is recyclable at the end of its life.

Understand what issues can occur during the processing of recycled materials and why these need to be considered during the design phase.

Meet the contributors of this course

Suzanne Johnston

Operations Director, PS Partnerships & Consultancy Ltd

Suzanne Johnston is Director, and co-owner of PS Partnerships & Consultancy, a specialist, independent plastics consultancy.  Having spent most of her career developing and coordinating large national and EU-funded projects in the plastics industry, she has honed her skills in managing and supporting technical teams to deliver successful R&D and innovation projects.

Suzanne takes the lead in PS Partnerships sustainability projects, helping businesses to improve the sustainability of their products and processes and reducing their impact on the environment, particularly when using plastics.  She was one of the technical authors of PAS 510, the world’s first plastic pellet loss prevention standard, and now works with businesses to implement the PAS as well as auditing against its requirements.

Suzanne helps companies achieve compliance to international standards, regulations and legislation through the introduction of information, certification and management systems. She supports businesses with their regulatory and compliance documentation across a number of industry sectors including construction, medical, packaging, plastics and engineering.

Adam Bolsover

Senior R&D Engineer, Nelipak

Adam is Senior R&D Engineer at Nelipak and chair of the Technical & Environment Committee of the British Plastics Federation’s Plastics and Flexible Packaging Group.

He studied at the University of Nottingham, where he graduated with a MSci in Chemistry. His career focusing on Technical Management and Food Contact Compliance for flexible food packaging has spanned the Packaging Industry, including St. Johns Packaging, Mondi, Coveris, Ultimate Packaging and FFP. His experience includes purchasing, commercials, accreditations and sustainability.

Brian Lodge

Director of Plastics and Flexible Packaging, BPF

The content of this course was developed by the British Plastics Federation (BPF) Director of Plastics and Flexible Packaging, Brian Lodge. Prior to the BPF, Brian lead as UK Design Director at the world’s largest innovative packaging manufacturer Berry Global.

Brian has over 40 years’ experience in packaging design, mainly working in the plastics industry. He has worked on a wide range of products in the UK, Europe and Africa for converters, design consultancies and brand owners.

Brian’s main interests lay in design for the circular economy and producing packaging that is more sustainable while meeting the needs of the brand, supply chain, the consumer and the product.

Enrol today for instant & unlimited access!

The entire course

8 modules filled with lessons, resources, case studies + more!

4 hrs of High-Quality Online Learning

This course includes:

  • 8 modules

  • On demand audio

  • Interactive animations

  • 32 quizzes

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Digital badge for LinkedIn

Game-changing Insights from Leading Experts

Collaborating with the extensive “network of expertise” of the BPF, this course is developed by leading specialists to drive sustainable change.

After this course you will be able to

  • 1

    Understand what using recycled content means for packaging

  • 2

    Understand how to incorporate recycled content into packaging

  • 3

    Navigate the UK’s packaging tax

  • 4

    Design for recyclability

  • 5

    Understand the manufacturing of recycled materials and more!

  • 6

    Work with brands, companies and suppliers that can produce innovative packaging containing recycled plastic

  • 7

    Improve your brand responsibility by reducing the amount of resources used in packaging

Certificate of Completion

Personalised certificate of completion & digital badge which can be displayed on your LinkedIn profile.

Funded by:

Part-funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge, this course boasts a truly worldwide reach, helping to shape sustainable plastic packaging design around the world.