Recycled Claim Standard

Recycled Content for both finished and intermediate products

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The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party. It is a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain. It uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CSS).
The Recycled Claim Standard is intended for use with any product that contains at least 5% Recycled Material. Each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits.
The RCS standard is a single attribute certification and does not take into account social or environmental aspects of processing and manufacturing, quality, or legal compliance.

The goal of the RCS is to increase the use of Recycled materials in products and supply chains.

- Alignment of Recycled definitions across multiple applications.
- Tracking and tracing Recycled input materials.
- Providing customers (both brands and consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions.
- Providing assurance that materials in the final product are actually recycled and processed more sustainably.

Why Choose SCS?
SCS Global Services is a globally recognized, third-party certifier of recycled content claims. SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades.

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Companies in ginning, spinning, weaving and knitting, dyeing and printing and cut and sew are eligible for certification.

Certification Features
Certifies percentage of recycled content and provides chain of custody through the supply chain.

Complementary SCS Services
SCS provides a full spectrum of environmental and sustainability certification services, Complementary services include: Global Recycled Standard, Certified Responsible Source™ Textiles, SCS Recycled Content Certification, Better Cotton Initiative, and Alliance for Water Stewardship Certification.

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