What is buying recycled?
By buying recycled you help "close the recycling loop" by putting
the materials collected through recycling programs back to good use as products
in the marketplace. Governments can promote buying recycled products
through their own purchasing programs and guidelines. Manufacturers can participate
as well by using recycled materials in their products.
Where can recycled-content products be purchased?
Visit the EPA's Buy Recycled page for
information on identifying recycled-content products, related
organizations, publications and product information.
Purchase products with the highest post-consumer content
Post-consumer content comes from materials that have been used and recycled
by consumers such as newspaper and aluminum cans.
comes from materials generated in the manufacturing process such as scrap,
trimmings and cuttings. Pre-consumer content includes print overruns, over-issue
publications and obsolete inventories.
When shopping, request products with recycled content
Help create the demand for recycled-content products by requesting them when
shopping. If stores get enough demand for recycled-content products it
is likely that they will start stocking them.