Update: This standard has now been superseded, please see new equivalent standard.
Recycled content products can make up a core constituent of a large number of consumer and industrial products. Industry has allowed the development of recycling systems for certain products with a comparatively lower level of environmental load compared to virgin materials. These recycled products have appropriate strength and performance characteristics making them suitable for their intended purpose.
The primary purpose of this standard is to define environmental performance criteria for products made from recycled content materials. Recycled products may be environmentally preferable based on reduced demand for virgin materials and reduced amounts of waste going to landfill.
This standard specifies requirements for the minimum quantities of recycled materials by weight in certified products. It also restricts certain other treatments or coatings that would restrict further recycling, and requires the use of resin codes to encourage further post-consumer recycling.
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