Recycled Content Certification

For Products and Recycling Programs

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SCS Recycled Content Certification proves with independent verification that a percentage of a product was made from recycled content or recycled materials. This certification is for product manufacturers that use post-consumer or pre-consumer recycled content and want to make a verified claim. Material that has been reprocessed from recovered material can also get certified. Recycled content certification can be achieved for products in any industry, ranging from building and design, packaging, plastic goods, textiles, jewelry, metal, electronics, home goods, wood, paper and more.

Recycled Content Certification demonstrates a commitment to making environmentally conscious products and conserving natural resources. Using recycled content helps minimize environmental impacts because it reuses materials instead of creating new materials, reduces energy consumption for production, supports a circular economy and circular materials, and reduces the amount of waste to landfills. This certification also helps organizations meet customer specifications, can qualify products for LEED and environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) programs, and supports corporate sustainability goals.

To achieve certification, SCS conducts an independent third-party audit of the organization and its products with recycled content or materials. The audit checks for manufacturing data, processes, chain of custody procedures, material quantification and mass-balance calculations to determine conformance to the SCS Recycled Content Standard.

SCS is now an Endorsed Certifier for The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR).
Read the press release about a rise in certification of plastic postconsumer resin. Ask us about certifying your PCR.


Why SCS Global Services?

SCS Global Services is the certifier of choice for recycled content claims around the world, and for companies seeking certification of their in-house recycling programs. We are recognized for the rigor of our standards and the professionalism of our staff.

Additionally, SCS is an Endorsed Certifier for The Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). Ask us about certifying plastic postconsumer resin (PCR).

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SCS Global Services provides two types of certification to recognize your achievements:

  • Recycled Content Certification - The SCS Recycled Content Certification evaluates products made from pre-consumer or post-consumer material diverted from the waste stream. Certification measures the percentage of recycled content for the purpose of making an accurate claim in the marketplace.
  • Recycling Program Certification - The SCS Recycling Program Certification helps recyclers and reclamation facilities make credible claims about their diversion strategies and recycling rates.

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Press Release
The Washington-based Association of Plastics Recyclers (APR) says its certification program for postconsumer (PCR) “has…
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