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 served as a strategic partner to GreenBlue in the development of the RMS. In addition to co-developing the standard, NSF facilitated the RMS Advisory Group, pilot testing and the public comment phase. Throughout the process, a consensus driven approach was used to ensure that the RMS was developed based on input from diverse stakeholder groups.
The RMS Team
The RMS’s Advisory Committee provides independent perspectives and expertise in support of the RMS Program. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of supply chain members and other interested stakeholders including representatives from manufacturing, sustainability, government and academia. Current members of the committee include:
- Tiffani Burt of Sealed Air Corporation
- Edith Cecchini of Ocean Conservancy
- Jennifer McCracken of HAVI
- Tom McKay of BASF
- Matthew Realff of Georgia Tech
- Daniel Sanders of Printpack
- Andy Smith of King County, Wash.
- Emily Williams of TC Transcontinental
Former members include:
- Kate Davenport of Eureka Recycling
- Rachel Goldstein of Mars Inc.
- Mickel Knight of Printpack
- Jason Pierce of Eastman Chemical Company
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
- Eureka Recycling
- Havi Global
- Nexus Fuels
- Sealed Air
- TC Transcontinental