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Glossary: recyclable

recyclable: identifies material that can be collected, separated, or otherwise recovered from the solid waste stream for reuse, or in the manufacture or assembly of another package or product, through an established recycling program. Source: 16 C.R.F. § 260.7(d), FTC’s Green Guides. The FTC’s Green Guides state that proper qualification of a recyclable marketing claim may or may not be necessary under the following circumstances.

• Marketer may make an unqualified recyclable claim if a “substantial majority” of consumers/communities have access to recycling facilities\

• Marketer should qualify recyclable claim (e.g. package may not be recyclable in your area) if only a “significant percentage” of consumers/communities have access to recycling facilities.

• Marketer should qualify recyclable claim (e.g. product is recyclable only in the few communities that have recycling programs) if less than a “significant percentage” of consumers/communities have access to recycling facilities. Sources: 16 C.R.F. § 260.16, FTC’s Green Guides.