Canada’s central standardisation and certification body Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) has published its new standards for products with recycled plastic content.

The standard, referred to as ‘CAN/BNQ 3840-100 Recycled Plastic Content Products’, has been introduced to guarantee the content of recycled plastic content in new products in Canada.

The BNQ said that this standard will further promote a positive change across the plastic value chain in the country, ensuring that plastics continue to be a part of a circular economy system.

Through this ruling, the BNQ intends to address the requirements of Canadian consumers, industry members, and regulatory authorities.

The newly designated National Standard of Canada (NSC) is applicable to all domestic organisations that carry out plastic recycling, sorting, processing, and transformation work.

According to the BNQ, this overarching national standard has provided specific requirements crucial for determining the content of recycled plastic that has been introduced into the manufacturing process of the end product.

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It further specifies the procedures needed for tracing the products containing recycled plastic content, as they enter the supply chain.

The NSC has set basic criteria required for classifying a particular product on the basis of its origin and treatment.

Additionally, this standard can be used as a reference document by regulatory bodies, as part of certification activities on applicable products.

BNQ principal director Isabelle Landry said: “Organisations are striving to include a greater proportion of recycled plastic in manufactured products, and governments are considering mandating the use or [of] recycled content in certain products.

“Therefore, it will be essential to have a standardised method for calculating and verifying the recycled content of products.

“This new consensus-based standard, combined with certification rules, will ensure fair competition conditions for industries adopting them, and will give consumers confidence in labelling inherent to the recycled content of products.”