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Learn about Responsible Plastic Management (RPM)

Tackle plastic pollution with a standardised approach to waste

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Plastic waste ending up in our oceans is expected to nearly triple in volume in the next 20 years, reaching 29m tonnes a year by 2040 – the equivalent of 50kg for every metre of coastline in the world.

Launched in 2019, the Responsible Plastic Management (RPM) Standard is a global plastic waste management assurance programme, trust mark and online directory for organisations committed to tackling this issue. Independent certification demonstrates that your organisation has a robust approach to plastic management, helping you deliver a transparent credibility statement to your stakeholders. The standard has been designed to help you measure and manage plastic use responsibly, taking positive action to reduce, re-use and recycle plastic wherever possible. 


Green credentials

It’s estimated that over 8000 million tonnes of plastic have been made since 1950 – and that figure is increasing year by year. The RPM Standard helps your business show it’s committed to playing its part in tackling this ever-growing issue.

Brand reputation & leadership recognition

Demonstrate to your stakeholders and audience that you a responsible business. Protect your brand integrity by responding positively against a backdrop of increased public and political scrutiny on the environmental consequences of plastic waste.

Increased/protected sales

Driven by consumer demand and the desire to ‘do the right thing’, an increasing number of consumers and organisations are choosing to buy only from companies committed to reducing their environmental impact. Being certified by an independent certification body such as LRQA for responsible plastic management can give you a competitive advantage and increase sales. While the RPM Standard is a voluntary initiative, it will help provide credibility for your organisation among your customers and being listed in the online RPM directory can help you highlight your achievement in managing plastic use more effectively to your buyers and the wider supply chain.

Need help with RPM?

LRQA has a leading reputation in the manufacturing, packaging and logistics industries, providing certification, assurance and training to companies across the world. Our specialist team will work with you along your RPM Standard certification journey to ensure your systems and processes meet the requirements of the standard.

Contact us to learn more about the Responsible Plastic Management Standard. 

Why work with us?

Sector knowledge

LRQA's decades of experience working across supply chains enables us to develop programmes of work aimed at addressing the specific issues faced by our customers. Our expert team can help your business achieve greater levels of insight and protection no matter which part of the supply chain you operate in.

Technical expertise

Our auditors are highly experienced in their field of expertise, who are matched with your business needs to ensure we add value through an effective and robust audit of your system and by making the appropriate recommendations to improve your management system and business at the same time.

Interested in learning more about how your organisation can play its part in tackling plastic waste?


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