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Technical Updates


Tuesday, 03. December 2013
Discussion Paper on Pre-consumer Reclaimed Paper Fibre for Consultation


FSC invites public comment on a study investigating FSC’s approach to placing and valuing pre-consumer reclaimed paper fibre within FSC certified products.


FSC would like to inform you that the consultation on the pre-consumer reclaimed paper fibre Discussion Paper has been extended until 15 January 2014.

In 2011 the FSC membership mandated FSC to conduct a chamber-balanced study to evaluate the risks and benefits of valuing pre-consumer reclaimed paper fibre materials as FSC certified content. The membership's direction requested assessment from a market, environmental and social perspective, as well as exploration of where best to value pre-consumer fibres in FSC paper products.

A discussion paper has been draft based on stakeholder input collected through a FSC membership survey, a stakeholder workshop in May 2012 and phone interviews with U.S. and Canadian paper companies conducted from December 2012 to February 2013. The document presents the findings of the evaluation and provides different options for valuing pre-consumer paper fibre in relation to FSC certified products.

A FSC membership survey has been launched to collect FSC members’ comments on the Discussion Paper. A link to the survey has been distributed via the FSC member mailing list. If you are a member and have not received a link to the survey please contact Dorothee Jung at d.jung at fsc point org.

We also welcome other stakeholders to provide comments on the discussion paper. Please use the comment form available below and send your comments to Dorothee Jung at d.jung at fsc point org.

The discussion paper is open for public consultation until 15 January 2014.