Making products with recycled-content feedstock conserves natural resources, creates good public relations, and can reduce feedstock-purchasing costs.
Using recycled materials to make new products is not a new idea. Many industries in the metal fabricating and plastics business have been recycling pre-consumer (factory-floor) scrap into new products for years.
Increased public awareness of the adverse environmental and financial impacts of waste disposal, combined with a rise in the number and extent of municipal recycling programs, has created more demand for post-consumer recycled-content products. (Post-consumer recycled-content products are made from materials already used and discarded by consumers.)
All levels of government are trying to foster the development of post-consumer recycled-content products by providing technical and financial assistance programs, and requiring government agencies to purchase products made with specific percentages of recycled content when readily available.
Many businesses have taken advantage of these new market opportunities to integrate post-consumer recycled content into their products, or to develop totally new product lines.
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