Association of New Jersey Recyclers
Buy Recycled Guide

Closing the loop involves buying the stuff we recycle.Close the "Loop" and Make an Impact

Each arrow of the recycling triangle represents one step of the recycling process:

  • Separation of useful materials from the waste stream, remanufacture into new products and purchase of a recycled product.
  • Each step of the recycling process is equally important to success. There must be markets for products manufactured from recycled materials before the "loop" can be complete. It's simple: demand for products made from recycled materials creates markets for recycling collection programs.
  • A growing list of innovative small and large manufacturers are producing a wide variety of products made from recycled materials. And, purchasing directors have discovered that today's recycled products are of equal quality to those made with virgin materials.   The New Jersey Business Guide to Recycled Products will help you identify and locate recycled products for your company. Buying recycled products makes the loop complete

Make a Corporate Commitment

By reading this guide, you've taken the first step towards "buying recycled." Some companies develop specific strategies to support "buy recycled" initiatives. Some examples are:

  • Set a goal to spend a certain dollar amount of annual corporate purchases on recycled products.
  • Establish a price preference policy for recycled products, allowing purchasing directors to spend slightly more in order to buy recycled products.
  • Make a commitment to buy recycled products whenever quality is equal and price is competitive to the non-recycled product.
  • One final word. Let your employees, customers and vendors know that you've made the commitment to "buy recycled." Your leadership will demonstrate your company's interest in becoming a part of the solution to our country's solid waste disposal problems.

Post-consumer material: Products--paper, bottles, cans, wood, bricks, concrete, etc-that have been used by the consumer and then recycled.

Pre-consumer material: Scrap materials recovered from a manufacturing process as "recovered" products or "post-industrial" scrap-paper cuttings, plastic shavings, etc.-which are collected and reused to make new products.

Recycled content: The amount of pre- and/or post-consumer material used to manufacture a recycled product (expressed as a percentage of the total content).

Recycled product: Any product that is manufactured in part or in whole using recycled materials.

The Association of New Jersey Recyclers or the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection does not endorse products listed in this guide. The Association of New Jersey Recyclers does not guarantee the information in this guide, it is published to help you locate companies selling recycled products. The guide is intended to be self-auditing, should you find that a product does not contain the material or recycled content listed, please notify the Association of New Jersey Recyclers, 120 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-722-7575.

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