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ReCon User's Guide
(Version 5, 10/10)
This tool is designed to assist companies and individuals with evaluating
the greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits associated with increasing the recycled
content of materials they may purchase or manufacture.
ReCon Online was last updated October 2010.
Please follow the steps below to enter the appropriate information and then select the desired
“View” button to obtain the estimated GHG or energy benefits of increasing the post-consumer
recycled content of materials.
First, you can enter a brief description of the "material purchased" in the far
left column (not required for the tool to function). Please note that the EPA has
not evaluated all material types; if the material of interest is not listed, enter
your data in the row of a "surrogate" material similar to the materials you purchase
Second, enter the amount of each material that is purchased in pounds. The "tons"
column will be calculated automatically. Please note that different materials of the
same basic material type (e.g., steel drums and steel rods) should be included in the
same row. If you do not have weight information for certain materials, the
Sheet provides some conversion factors for each material type.
1Note: The use of surrogate material types should be considered as an approximation only. Actual GHG emissions and energy consumption related to the manufacture of materials other than those specifically listed in the surrogate material column may differ significantly.
First, enter the baseline (or current) post-consumer recycled content (as a
percentage) of each material. The baseline recycled content value should reflect
the current proportion of recycled content in materials purchased or manufactured.
If you do not know the percent recycled content in the baseline, click the check
box to the right of the table to use a default value. You can also click on the
“[set all]” link to have to tool fill in all the baseline values for
which you have NOT entered a number.
Second, enter the alternate recycled content of each material. This value
should represent an increase or change in the recycled content of materials
purchased or manufactured that is to be evaluated by the tool. Please note that
typical recycled content ranges for each material are provided in the recycled
content range table. This table provides the user with reasonable estimates of
minimum and maximum post-consumer recycled content for materials in the marketplace.
The "default" recycled content values represent an approximation of typical post-consumer recycled content of these materials in the marketplace (provided by Franklin Associates, Ltd.). These values are to be utilized in the absence of actual data and should not be considered to be strictly accurate in all applications. If you do not enter the percent recycled content in the second column above, the tool will assume that you are purchasing materials that are made with the default fraction (or baseline percentage) of recycled inputs.