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Buy/Manufacture Recycled

Buying recycled means purchasing products made with recovered materials. A necessary precedent to buying recycled is that manufacturers purchase recovered materials and use them in lieu of virgin materials in the manufacture of new products. For technical assistance and information about how to implement buying and manufacturing recycled activities at your organization, visit the Buy Recycled links, Manufacture Recycled links, Buy/Manufacture Recycled publications, and Buy Recycled Frequent Questions pages.

Sample Goals

WasteWise partners commit to increasing overall recycled content in the products they purchase, either by purchasing recycled products in lieu of virgin products or by increasing the recycled content in those recycled products they already buy. Manufacturers have the additional option to increase the percentage of postconsumer content in the products they produce. Sample goals set by WasteWise partners in this area include:

Sample Results

Some of the recycled-content products most frequently purchased by WasteWise partners include copier paper, paper towels, and toilet paper. Many organizations also manufactured new products with recycled content, or increased the percentage of recycled content in existing manufactured products, diverted waste, and promoted wise use of materials. Listed below are some examples of WasteWise partner achievements in buying and manufacturing recycled:

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