Products required to meet recycled content minimums

This page will help producers determine whether their products are subject to Washington’s recycled content law (Chapter 70A.254 RCW).

Exempt Products

  • Medical food, drugs, baby formula, medical devices

  • A Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) material

Covered plastic beverage containers

A collection of plastic bottles intended for beverages.
Plastic gallon and half-gallon jugs, representing the category of containers intended for beverages.
  • Plastic beverage containers are bottles and other rigid containers made of one or more plastic resins.
  • Plastic beverage containers' sizes ranges from 2 fluid ounces up to and including 1 gallon.
  • Plastic beverage containers can be used to hold water, flavored water, beer, wine, spirits, soda, milk, juice, or any other beverage.
    • Beverages can be for both human and animal consumption.
    • Liquids added to liquids (coffee creamers and concentrates etc) are considered beverages.

Anatomy of covered plastic beverage containers

Mouth: The opening of the plastic bottle.
Neck: The screw-threaded part of the bottles that holds in place the cap or closure.
Base: The bottom part of the plastic bottle where recycling code, material mark, or other decoration can be applied. A plastic bottle can stand stably on the shelf with a base.

Not included:

  • Refillable containers that function in a system of reuse
  • Bladders or pouches used for wine
  • Liners, caps, corks, closures, and labels
  • Containers for some medical, prescription drug, or dietary purposes

Covered trash bags

A black plastic trash bag, which is a product that falls under new state recycled content requirements.
  • Covered trash bags are made of non-compostable plastic and include garbage bags, recycling bags, lawn or leaf bags, can liner bags, kitchen bags, compactor bags, and similar bags used for waste.
  • The law includes trash bags used in household, commercial, and industrial settings.
  • Trash bags are required to meet additional labeling requirements in Washington law (Chapter 70A.245.060 RCW).

Anatomy of covered trash bags

Gauge: thickness of a trash bag 
Mil: one-thousandth of an inch (.001)
Gauge requirement: at least 0.70 mils thick

Not included:

  • Compostable bags meeting the requirements of Washington plastic product degradability law (Chapter 70A.455 RCW)

  • Plastic bags designed and manufactured for dangerous waste or biomedical waste are required to meet content requirements, however they are not required to meet labeling requirements

Covered household cleaning & personal care products

Plastic bottles used for household cleaning products.
  • Plastic bottles for household cleaning and personal care products include bottles, jugs, and other rigid containers made of one or more plastic resins.
  • Plastic bottles for household cleaning and personal care products are considered a covered product if they have a neck or mouth smaller than the base, and maintain their shape when empty.
  • Plastic containers ranging from 8 ounces or its equivalent volume up to and including 5 gallons or its equivalent volume are covered products.


Mouth: The opening of the plastic bottle.
Neck: The screw-threaded part of the bottles that holds that cap or closure in place.
Base: The bottom part of the plastic bottle where recycling code, material mark, or other decoration can be applied. Plastic bottles can stand stably on the shelf with a base.

Not included:

  • Refillable containers that function in a system of reuse
  • Bottles used with medical products
Plastic bottles used for personal care products.

Covered tubes

Plastic tubes used for personal care products and subject to Washington's recycled content minimums.
  • Tubes are a covered product if they have a neck smaller than the base and maintain their shape when empty.
  • Covered plastic tubes range in size from 8 ounces to 5 gallons.

Anatomy of covered tubes

Head: The screw-threaded part of the bottles that holds that cap or closure that acts as the base.
Shoulder: The area between the top of the body and the bottom of the head.
Body: The body part where labels or printing can be applied.