Recycled Content Newsprint Program
CalRecycle has overseen California’s Recycled Content Newsprint (RCN) Program required by statute and regulations since January 1, 1991. This program supports building a circular economy by requiring newsprint be comprised of no less than 40% postconsumer waste paper fiber by weight.
Examples of printed and published newsprint include:
- Commercial advertising inserts
- Commercial advertising mailers
The program requirements apply to:
- Manufacturers who produce newsprint used in California,
- Suppliers who supply newsprint used in California, and
- Commercial Printers and Publishers (“Consumers”) located in California.
The RCN law is intended to reduce paper waste going to California’s landfills and to promote and sustain markets for the collection and use of postconsumer newsprint. To achieve these goals, the Law requires:
- Consumers who print and publish on newsprint must:
- Ensure that at least 50% of the total newsprint used is RCN and
- Certify the amount of RCN used.
- Ensure that the RCN produced meets quality standards and
- Certify the amount of RCN produced and shipped to California.
- Suppliers are required to certify the amount of RCN and non-RCN material for every shipment of newsprint to a Consumer or other Supplier.
To inform CalRecycle of their successful implementation of the law, newsprint Consumers and Manufacturers are required to submit compliance certifications by March 1 of each year.
Requirements for Consumers (printers and publishers).
Requirements for Manufacturers.
Requirements for Suppliers.
Compliance and Enforcement
Compliance and penalty information.