The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is a business-to-business certification designed to validate the recycled content in products. It is particularly useful for companies looking to substantiate the quality and value of their products containing recycled material. The standard requires that each stage of production, from recycling to the final business-to-business transaction, be certified.
Companies undergo a process that includes self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits at Material Collection and Material Concentration sites. A professional third-party body audits each stage of the supply chain, ensuring a transparent and robust process.
The certification does not specify a validity period, but the standards are reviewed at least every five years to ensure they remain relevant and effective.
The RCS certification allows businesses to credibly claim the recycled content in their products, providing a competitive edge and fostering consumer trust. However, it's worth noting that the certification is applicable for products with as little as 5% recycled material, which may not meet the expectations of those looking for products with higher recycled content.