Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) + Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

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Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) + Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

What are the RCS and GRS?

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) are international, voluntary standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The shared goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions.

Objectives of both the RCS and GRS

  • Alignment of recycled definitions across multiple applications.
  • Verify recycled content in products
  • Provide consumers (both brands and end consumers) with a tool to make informed decisions.

Additional Objectives of the GRS

  • Reduce harmful impact of production to people and the environment.
  • Provide assurance that products are processed more sustainably.
  • Drive higher percentages of recycled content in products.

Key Points in the RCS & GRS

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Verifying Recycled Material

Materials are verified to meet the ISO definition of recycled. Both pre-consumer and post-consumer material is accepted.
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Responsible Production

GRS sites are required to meet strict social and environmental requirements. Chemicals with potential for harm are not permitted to be used on GRS products.
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Chain of Custody

Certification ensures that the identity of the recycled material is maintained: from the recycler to the final product.
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Credible Certification

A professional, third party certification body audits each stage in the supply chain.
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Confident Communication

Products that meet all requirements may be labelled with the RCS or GRS logo.
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Stakeholder Engagement

The RCS and GRS are managed with the input of recyclers, suppliers, and brands and retailers from all parts of the globe.

Tools and Support

In this section you will find tools and resources to help with the process of implementing the RCS and GRS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, please contact us directly.

RCS + GRS Documents

None available at this time.

We want to help you communicate about your use of the RCS or GRS. Check out the resources below for the information you’re looking for.

RCS + GRS Quick Guide – Talking points for the use of recycled content in your products and what is covered by the RCS and GRS.

It may seem like a daunting task to undertake a full supply chain standard. It’s important to know as much as possible before you get started. The documents below are designed to get you started on the path to certifying your supply chain, or getting certified yourself.

Supplier Certification Toolkit

In this section you will find tools and resources to help with the process of implementing the RCS and GRS. If you can’t find what you are looking for here, please contact us directly.

RCS + GRS Documents

None available at this time.

We want to help you communicate about your use of the RCS or GRS. Check out the resources below for the information you’re looking for.

RCS + GRS Quick Guide – Talking points for the use of recycled content in your products and what is covered by the RCS and GRS.

It may seem like a daunting task to undertake a full supply chain standard. It’s important to know as much as possible before you get started. The documents below are designed to get you started on the path to certifying your supply chain, or getting certified yourself.

Brand & Retailer Certification Toolkit

History of the RCS and GRS

The RCS 2.0 and GRS 4.0 revision process began in 2016, and the updated standards were published on July 1, 2017. You can read more about our process for revising standards in the Development Hub.

View the RCS 2.0 and GRS 4.0 Consultation Feedback Summary for a summary of comments received during the Public Stakeholder Review period.

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