How to Buy Recycled How to Buy Recycled by ermalos


									C LOSING            THE       R ECYCLING L OOP, T OGETHER
The WHAT and WHERE of                       Closing The loop, Together                                                                                                                                                                                  City of Los Angeles
Recycled Products                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Department of Public Works
                                            As consumers, we can make an environ-                                                                                                                                                                       Bureau of Sanitation
Products and packaging made from            mental difference with our purchasing
recycled materials are easy to find.        power. When we buy recycled we:
                                            • conserve resources;
Recycled-content paper products and         • decrease dependence on landfills;
packaging (including glass/plastic          • support markets for recycled-content
bottles, aluminum/metal cans, and             products;
paperboard boxes) can be found in           • conserve energy; and,
grocery and drug stores.                    • maintain demand made for collected
                                              recyclable materials.
Many office and school supplies (such

as folders, notebooks, envelopes,           Consider recycled-content when decid-
stationery, pens, and re-manufactured       ing on purchases. Seek out and ask for
toner cartridges) are available with        recycled-content products and packaging

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to Buy
recycled-content.                           while shopping. Contact manufacturers
                                            to ask that post-consumer recycled
Automotive parts are often made with        materials be used in the manufacture
recycled materials, and re-fined oil        of their products.
performs just fine while conserving
valuable resources.                         Together, we can bring our resources full
                                            circle, and close the recycling loop, if we
Anyone remodeling a home or planting        buy recycled!
a garden can buy recycled with products

                                                                                                                                        As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disability Act, the City
                                                                                                                                        of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon
                                                                                                                                        request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its
such as, plastic lumber and planting
pots, steel framing, insulation, wall-

                                                                                          Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division
                                            Solid Resources Citywide Recycling
board, paint, carpet, and flooring.
                                            Division (SRCRD)
                                            433 S. Spring Street, 5th Floor,
By examining labels for recycled-content
                                            Los Angeles, CA 90013
information, just as one would for ingre-
                                            (213) 471-8228 Fax: (213) 473-8232

dients in food items, shoppers will

                                                                                          433 S. Spring St., 5th Floor
discover a wide assortment of available
recycled-content products and packaging.

                                                                                          Los Angeles, CA 90013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Solid Resources Citywide

                                                                                                                                        programs, services and activities.
                                                                                          Bureau of Sanitation
                                                                                          City of Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recycling Division

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Printed on Recycled Paper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Reduce, Reuse,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Don’t just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recycle, and Buy              stand there;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Recycled                      something”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Recycle Robot

BUY RECYCLED PRODUCTS AND CLOSE THE LOOP                                                        ON   RECYCLING

E   veryday more and more people are
    becoming active recyclers. Whether
placing recyclables in containers for collec-
                                                  W      hat we buy as consumers is just
                                                         as important a step in the recy-
                                                  cling loop as saving resources through
                                                                                                        T  hus, buying recycled is an important
                                                                                                           contribution each consumer can
                                                                                                        make toward closing the recycling loop.
                                                                                                                                                        Buy PC (Post-Consumer)
                                                                                                                                                        Post-consumer materials come from
tion at curbside, or bringing materials to a      collection.                                                                                           items that have already been used by
recycling center, the amount of recyclable                                                                                                              consumers for their intended purpose
materials collected is increasing.                This brochure focuses on that important                                                               and then collected for recycling. Instead
                                                  component of the recycling loop: buying                 If you’re not                                 of being discarded, ending up in landfills
Materials previously discarded as trash           recycled.                                                                                             or as litter, these materials can be used
are now recognized as valuable resources.                                                               BUYING recycled,                                to manufacture new products.
When recycled, these commodities                  Collection, Manufacturing &
become resources used for manufacturing           Buying Makes the Recycling                            you’re not really                               Pre-consumer materials are materi-
new consumer products and packaging.              Loop Go Round                                                                                         als such as magazine over-runs that not
                                                                                                            recycling.                                  been purchased or used by consumers,
The collection of recyclables is                  Three steps are necessary for the recycling                                                           but are recycled at the manufacturing
only one step of recycling.                       process to succeed. It is only after these                                                            plant.
                                                  steps are completed that the recycling                Read product             10
                                                  loop becomes complete.                                labels and look   Made fr 0% recyclable.        Manufacturing waste includes
                                                                                                                                 om 50%
            MANUFACTURE                                                                                 for products            recycled ost-consumer   scraps, trimmings and over-runs from
                                                  These steps are:                                                                      content.
                                                     Consumers save recyclables and take
                                                                                                        made from                                       the manufacturing process that is
                                                  1  them to recycling centers, or place                recycled materials.                             recycled.
                                                  them at curbside for collection.
                                                  Processors sort, clean, and prepare the               Although many products are recyclable,          By purchasing products and packaging
                                                  collected materials for sale and use by               not all have been made with recycled            with a high post-consumer recycled con-
                                                  manufacturers.                                        materials. The recycling-arrow logo             tent, consumers are helping to support
COLLECT                               BUY                                                               signifies that a product is recyclable or       the manufacturing of recycled-content
                                                    Manufacturers make new products                     has recycled-content. By looking for            products, strengthen demand for recycla-
                                                  2and/or packaging from the recycled                   information on product labels and
                                                                                                        packaging, consumers can determine
                                                                                                                                                        ble materials and assure the ongoing
                                                                                                                                                        success of recycling.
                                                                                                        if products and packaging are actually
                                                     Consumers buy recycled-content                     made with recycled materials.                   There are hundreds of high-quality
Collection can be considered the first step, or
the last, as the recycling process is really a
                                                  3  products and/or packaging, and                                                                     products made with recycled-content.
                                                  instead of discarding these materials after
continuous circle or loop.                        use, put them back into the recycling
      For technical assistance, call the Solid    process.
      Resources Citywide Recycling Division
      at (213) 473-8228, or send e•mail to:

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