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, medical devices, dietary supplements, and baby formula
  • Prescription and non-prescription drugs as regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Biohazard waste bags for infectious, soiled, or contaminated medical linens or waste
  • Aerosols in plastic containers
  • Cosmetics 

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.

Included:

  • 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
    • Coffee creamers and non-dairy milks are considered beverages

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

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.

Covered trash bags

A black plastic trash bag, which is a product that falls under new state recycled content requirements.

Covered household cleaning & personal care products

Included:

  • Covered trash bags include bags made of non-compostable plastic, garbage bags, recycling bags, lawn, or leaf bags, can liner bags, kitchen bags, compactor bags, and similar bags used for waste
  • Includes trash bags used in household, commercial or industrial settings
  • Trash bags are required to meet additional labeling requirements in RCW 70A.245.060

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

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

Plastic bottles used for household cleaning products.
Plastic bottles used for personal care products.

Included:

  • Plastic bottles for household cleaning and personal care products include bottles, jugs, and other rigid containers made of one or multiple 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

Not included:

  • Refillable containers that function in a system of reuse
  • Bottles used with medical products

Anatomy of covered household cleaning & personal care products in bottles

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.

 

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.