Advancing the use of recycled materials

The Recycled Material Standard (RMS) enables participating brands and suppliers to celebrate their sustainability efforts that collectively advance the use of recycled materials. The standard establishes requirements necessary to assure accuracy and transparency of claims with the support of a robust third party certification system.

Learn About The Standard

The public comment period is open now through December 18, 2020. Find the full Standard and link for public commenting here.

Partnering with leaders in the space

The RMS partners with leading brands, retailers, and suppliers who are eager to impact change by incorporating higher amounts of recycled content or supporting investments in recycling technology as part of in their business models.

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Creating a system of standards

The RMS has worked with industry leaders to develop two independent tracking system options supported by third party auditing integration to ensure that all use of recycled materials adhere to robust standards.

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Bringing visibility to recycled material

A designated labeling system shows qualified brands, retailers, and suppliers’ efforts in their use of recycled materials.

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Benefits of Certification

Benefits of Certification

RMS Certification was built on a number of important factors, focusing on clear rules, definitions, and guidelines to create an even playing field among competitors and a strong assurance mechanism for brands and consumers. Not only can supply chain participants have confidence in their claims, they can join an educational platform to grow and share their knowledge of the benefits of recycled materials.

Why Get Certified

Benefits of Using Recycled Materials

Benefits of Using Recycled Materials

The benefits of recycling are countless: reducing waste, creating jobs, avoiding emissions and enabling a circular economy. But the recycling system simply doesn’t work if we don’t find a new use for recycled materials. Recycling access, collection, sortation and processing is all for naught if the materials can’t find a new home. Make a commitment to use recycled materials and make a difference.

Three Types of Claims

Average Content

  • The classic % based claim
  • Manufacturers track and trace production on each batch of materials
  • Allows for separate tracking of post consumer and post industrial sources

Mass Balance

  • Materials are accounted for at the facility level
  • Claims are allocated to designated product groups
  • Inputs balance with outputs to assure no double counting
  • A critical enabler for facilities with complex material handling processes (e.g. chemical recycling)

Attributes of Recycled Content

  • ARCs are a new environmental commodity traded on a certificate basis
  • Buying ARCs directly supports investment in new recycling technology
  • Each ARC represents the environmental benefits associated with processing 1 mt of reclaimed plastic

Certified Designation

Independent certification offers the highest level of assurance for environmental labeling. Only standards, such as the RMS, that are developed by a voluntary consensus body can use this designation.

Claim Information

The main body of the label provides specific information about the material type and clarifies whether the claim refers to the product or the package. Supporting full transparency, different claims will be used depending on whether the claim is based on average volume (x%), a mass balance allocation, or the purchase of ARCs.

RMS Website and Certificate Number

Conscientious consumers will have an option to learn more about the RMS labels and claims by visiting the website. The certificate number will reference the specific company that produced the product or package and will be listed in a searchable database.