Post-consumer recycling is the process of collecting material used by consumers and turning the waste into more products. Post-consumer recycling includes the recycling by consumers of:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Plastic

Post-consumer recycling is important since it reduces the waste sent to landfills. Many areas provide curbside recycling pick-up while others have drop-offs where recyclable items can be taken.

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So much of thinking green starts with understanding the terminology. Common words and phrases include sustainability, energy efficiency, and renewable resources. Another you often hear is post-consumer recycling. You’ll often see these words on various consumer goods.

This is one of the greenest forms of recycling out there, because this is material that has served its useful purpose in a home or business – such as paper, cardboard, and aluminum – and is diverted from going to the landfill. And you might be surprised at how many things can be made from post-consumer recyclables. Fences, playground equipment, carpet, even roofing shingles can be created from what, years ago, would have wound up in the garbage.

But to get to that post-consumer point, people need to make the simple decision to recycle at home, and look for the post consumer label when purchasing new items.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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