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 Purchasing Guide to Products with Recycled Content


MSU Joins Kentucky Buy Recycled Alliance, 12/11/00

Minimum Recycled Content for State Agency Purchases

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A green symbol is used, in the 2001 University and KCTCS Supply Catalog, to indicated that a product is made from recycled material.

You can also look under Recycled Products in the Index.


The symbol below is used at the MSU Bookstore to highlight products made from recycled materials.


Look for these terms

POST-CONSUMER WASTE - Discard generated by a business or residence (materials you take to the recycling center).

PRE-CONSUMER WASTE - Use of manufacturing waste and excess, such as trimming.

RECYCLED - Indicates that the product is made from a reused material. The materials may be post-consumer waste, pre-consumer waste or a combination of both. For example, a product may be labeled 100% recycled with a minimum of 25% post-consumer waste.

RECYCLABLE - Refers the technical ability of a material to be reused in manufacturing. However, recycling of this product may be very limited.


Symbols can be a useful tool in evaluating environmentally friendly products, however it is important to still read the labels. Not all products that are manufactured from recycled materials show a recycling logo. Below are just a few of the symbols you will find on products.

Buying Recycled

recycledThis symbol with the three white arrows within a black circle is used only for those products that are manufactured from 100% recovered paper fiber.

The symbol of three black arrows within a white circle is used to identify paper and paperboard products that contain a stated amount of recovered paper fiber.

recyclableThis symbol may be found on products that are manufactured from recycled materials as well as recyclable products. Just because a product says it is recyclable does not mean that it can be recycled at your local recycling center. Contact your local recycling center for information on what can be recycled.

Plastic Recycling Symbols

What to look for in the future:
  • More environmentally friendly product labeling
  • Buy Recycled Purchasing Policy


Buying Environmentally Responsible

gslogoGreen Seal is the independent, nonprofit organization promoting environmentally responsible consumer products. It sets environmental standards and awards a "Green Seal of Approval" to products that cause less harm to the environment than similar products.

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a neutral, third-party testing and certification organization evaluating, using analytical tools and techniques scientific, a wide variety of food safety and environmental claims.

Link of Interest:

EPAs Comprehensive Procurement Guide