New standard aims to guarantee recycled plastic content in products manufactured in Canada
The Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) has published the standard CAN/BNQ 3840-100 Recycled Plastic Content Products that aims to guarantee recycled plastic content in new products manufactured in Canada. The standard aims to support and encourage positive change throughout the plastic value chain, so that plastics continue to be used as part of a circular economy.
The new National Standard of Canada (NSC) aims to meet the needs of industry, consumers and regulatory authorities; it applies to all organizations performing plastics recycling (recyclers), plastics sorting (sorting centres), plastics processing (packers) and plastics transforming (converters) as well as brand owners whose products contain plastics, that incorporate them into a new product.
This standard specifies the requirements for determining the content of recycled plastic introduced into the production process of the end product and the procedures for tracing the products with recycled plastic content entering the supply chain. It establishes the basic requirements for classifying a product based on its origin and treatment (mechanical or chemical). Finally, it has been developed to be used as a reference document as part of certification activities of the applicable products.