The Clarity Solution
Protecting the planet and improving people’s lives are at the very foundation of Clarity Environmental – these values are at the forefront of everything we do and have been for the past 20 years. In early 2021 we recognised the negative impact that the shortfall of regulation was having, and the risk this presents to the waste and recycling industry.
In recognition of the EA’s call to attention to the fraud and human rights violations in the industry, we set out to develop a quality standard that mitigates risk for our packaging compliance scheme members and supports and promotes responsible recyclers.
There are great companies investing in infrastructure, working hard to recycle more and recycle ethically. The companies who are spearheading change do not receive recognition for their work compared to those simply exporting waste alone. Our quality standard promotes the building of strategic partnerships, allowing us to prioritise and support the companies whose values reflect our own.
CREQS, Clarity’s Recycling Evidence Quality Standard, is our three-stage annual assurance programme which evaluates the quality of recycling that takes place and ensures that both input waste is obligated and that actual recycling to end-of-waste takes place. CREQS also works to drive out bad practice in the industry such as human trafficking and modern slavery by ensuring each Clarity supplier has clear human rights policies and evidence of fair treatment of their employees.
After the supplier is graded, following the three-step process, those who score highly are considered a select supplier to supply PRNs to our packaging compliance scheme members. The remainder are flagged as not being suitable for an immediate relationship.