recycled content certification


GreenCircle will conduct a detailed evaluation of the product and manufacturing operations, to verify and certify recycled content claims on a per plant, per product basis. GreenCircle will verify sources of recycled materials and distinguish recycled content by pre- and post-consumer content within the supply chain.

  • Objective: Certify products for total recycled content based on pre- and post-consumer recycled content definitions.

  • Definitions:

    • Recycled Content: Comprised of pre-consumer and/or post-consumer material that is used as a raw material in the manufacture of products.

    • Pre-Consumer Recycled Content: Material diverted from the waste stream during a manufacturing process. Excluded is reutilization of materials such as rework, regrind or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed with the same process that generated it.

    • Post-Consumer Recycled Content: Material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product which can no longer be used for its intended purpose. This includes returns of material from the distribution chain.

  • Reference Documents: ISO 14021, Definition of Recycled Content; FTC Green Guides.


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