Shopping Guidelines for Buying Recycled


Materials recycled by the public are termed post-consumer. Buying recycled products made with post-consumer materials ensures that collection, transportation and recycling technologies are developed.
  • Examine labels to see if the product is recycled or recyclable.
  • Be particular about packaging. Aluminum and glass are continually recyclable.
  • Ask the store manager to stock both recycled products and products packaged in recycled material or write the manufacturer and ask them to use recycled material in their product.

 recycling-triangle

Look for the arrows - they mean the product is either recyclable or recycled. 

  • Almost all products are recyclable, but not all are made from recyclable material.
  • When you see the arrows, look for further information on the package, telling whether the product is recyclable or made with recycled material.
  • Recycled is preferable to recyclable, because it means the product is made with material that has been sorted and re-used in the recycling process.

Click here for more information about Irving's recycling programs Drop-off Recycling Centers and Curbside Recycling or call the Solid Waste Services Department at (972) 721-8059.