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
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
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.
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. http://www.lacity.org/SAN/solidres.htm
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Solid Resources Citywide
programs, services and activities.
Bureau of Sanitation
City of Los Angeles
Printed on Recycled Paper
Recycle, and Buy stand there;
SAVE OUR SOLID RESOURCES —
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
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: