For packaging to be considered recyclable it has to be actually recycled. When packaging becomes waste, it has to go through several stages to become a quality recycled material. In addition, there must be a sorting and recycling stream in place on a large scale and with sufficient coverage throughout the country for it to be considered recyclable.
There is packaging which is technically recyclable, but which is not actually recycled, either because it is not sorted correctly, or because there is no sorting stream or recycling stream, or because it is not economically viable to recycle it.
Similarly, there is packaging that follows the theoretical precepts of recyclability, but is not recycled, either because when it is subjected to actual recycling processes (and not under idyllic conditions) it generates some kind of interference in the process, or because there is no sorting and/or recycling stream in a given country.
Also, recycling flows and/or processes may vary from one country to another, so the actual recyclability of the packaging has to be tested according to the characteristics and flows of each country.