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What is Post-Consumer Recycled Content?

June 14, 2016

Post-Consumer recycled content is content created by consumers after a product has reached the end of its use. This material is diverted from the landfill and utilized in the production of other commodities. It is much different from pre-consumer content, which is generated by companies during the manufacturing process that is reused in production. The benefit of using post-consumer content is it reuses refuse in the manufacture of goods, preventing items from ending up in the landfill or needing to rely on raw materials.

An example of post-consumer content is aluminum cans. After a can has been bought at the store and has served its use, it is put in a recycling bin for collection. Once the can has been separated from the refuse along with other aluminum materials, it is then sent to a manufacturer where it is melted down and used in the creation of other aluminum products.

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