Frequent Questions

What is the difference between postconsumer and recovered materials?

Postconsumer material means a material or finished product that has served its intended use and has been diverted or recovered from waste destined for disposal, having completed its life as a consumer item. Recovered material means waste materials and byproducts that have been recovered or diverted from solid waste, but does not include materials and byproducts generated from, and commonly reused within, an original manufacturing process. Postconsumer material is a subset of recovered material. 

More information can can be obtained from: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/tools/cpg/index.htm.

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