14 Nov '11, 12am

Be a Post-Consumer Consumer: By thinking a little about the products you choose, you can promote recycling and m...

Be a Post-Consumer Consumer: By thinking a little about the products you choose, you can promote recycling and m...

Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day . In order to support recycling efforts, look for products made from high percentages of post-consumer waste, which is the waste produced by the end consumer of a material stream. Post-consumer waste is the garbage that individuals routinely discard, either in a waste receptacle or a dump, or by littering, incinerating, pouring down the drain or washing into the gutter. Post-consumer waste is distinguished from pre-consumer waste, which is the reintroduction of manufacturing scrap (such as trimmings from paper production, defective aluminum cans, etc.) back into the manufacturing process. Pre-consumer waste has been commonly used by industries for many years, and is therefore often not considered recycling in the traditional sense. Therefore, buying products with post-consumer content is an easy way to keep landfills lean. It avoids using vi...

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