The Recycled Material Standard
GreenBlue developed the RMS as a global standard with support from NSF International and the RMS Advisory Committee.
GreenBlue is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to the sustainable use of materials in society. GreenBlue is the parent nonprofit of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), How2Recycle, and CleanGredients, among other projects.
NSF International is a leading global provider of public health and safety-based risk management solutions. As an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, NSF has developed over 80 American National Standards under the scope of public health, safety, environment and sustainability assessment.
NSF is a strategic partner to GreenBlue in the development of the RMS. In addition to co-developing the standard, NSF facilitates the RMS Advisory Group and RMS pilot testing. NSF utilizes a consensus-driven approach that ensures the RMS is developed based on input from diverse stakeholder groups. Later in 2020, NSF will also launch and coordinate the public comment phase in preparation for the RMS launch in early 2021.
The RMS Team
The RMS’s multi-stakeholder Advisory Committee assists with shaping the standard and also conducts a public stakeholder review process. The committee is comprised of individuals representing brands, manufacturers, nonprofit groups and sustainability services. Members of the committee include:
- Tiffani Burt of Sealed Air Corporation
- Edith Cecchini of Ocean Conservancy
- Kate Davenport of Eureka Recycling
- Rachel Goldstein of Mars Inc.
- Mickel Knight of Printpack
- Jennifer McCracken of HAVI
- Jason Pierce of Eastman Chemical Company
- Eadaoin Quinn of EFS Plastic
- Matthew Realff of Georgia Tech
- Andy Smith of King County, Wash.
Pilot Test Participants
A series of mock audits was conducted with ten companies in the fall of 2020 to “field test” the standard prior to release for public comment. As part of this process we sought to include large and small companies across the value chain including both chemical and mechanical recyclers. Feedback from the pilot phase was used to further clarify requirements in the standard. This process also provided insights on tools and guidance documents that the RMS team will be developing to help facilitate the certification process. The GreenBlue team is grateful for the participation and input from the following companies as part of this process:
- Continuus Materials
- EFS Plastics
- Eureka Recycling
- Havi Global
- Nexus Fuels
- Sealed Air
- TC Transcontinental