Certification Requirements

The CSU is mandated to require all contractors/bidders to certify in writing the minimum percentage, if not the exact percentage of post-consumer material in the products, materials, goods, or supplies sold or offered to the CSU. This certification shall be furnished under penalty of perjury. Products with no recycled content do not require certification, however a contractor may choose to provide a certification stating that the product has zero recycled content.

View the Post-Consumer Recyled Content Matrix here.

To ensure that this requirement is passed on to the contractor, campuses should require contractors to provide certifications with their bids or proposals and to include a certification requirement in the General Provisions that are issued with each contract.

Once a product has been certified it does not need to be recertified until the recycled content of the product has changed from the amount previously certified.

For example, follow-on suppliers do not need to submit a certification if a valid certification for the same product has been submitted previously and is on file. For exceptions to the submittal of a recycle content certification, see Exceptions and Special Considerations below.

Exceptions and Special Considerations

Incidental Products:  Products resulting from Service or ITR contracts do not have to be reported if the value of the service or technology far exceeds the cost of the material content of the product. As an example, if a report is required to be delivered for the performance of a consultant contract and the labor cost of the consultant services far exceeds the value of the paper that the report is printed on, the paper does not have to be reported. The exception to this is if the material cost of the paper was separately identified.

In the event the material cost of a product is not insignificant, as compared to the value of the service or technology that went into the product, the value of the material should be reported. The value of the material may be determined by any reasonable method available and may be an estimated value. If there is no way to ascertain the material component of the cost, in this instance, then the entire price associated with that product may be reported.

Plastic Products:  All printer or duplication cartridges should be reported if they have 10% post-consumer material, or are remanufactured, or are backed by a vendor-offered recycle program.

Metal Products:  Unless virgin steel was specifically specified, all steel products that have been determined to fall within the metal products category should be reported as recycled. Certifications need not be required for steel products.

Compost:  All compost should be reported as recycled. For the Buy Recycled Procurement Report, in the Compost category, the All Reportable Purchases columns should always equal the RCP Purchases columns.

Certifications need not be required for compost.

Non-reportables Products:  Products that do not fall within one of the reportable categories should not be included in the Buy Recycled Report regardless of the recycled content. These products include wood products, textiles, masonry, aggregate, and concrete.

Refurbished/Remanufactured/Reused Products:  Any products that are so certified and fall within one of the reportable categories should be included in the Buy Recycled Procurement Report. For these types of products, a certification to the effect that it is a refurbished, remanufactured or reused product is sufficient, no recycle content data is required.

Tires:  At this time, only tires 16 inches and greater are known to be available that pass all applicable standards and specifications for retreaded tires.

Tire Derived Products:  Reporting on this category is required, however, there is not a mandated procurement goal.