DEFINITION: Materials such as metals and gemstones recovered from used consumer products for reuse in new products.


Post-consumer recycled metals can include used jewelry, dental fillings and crowns, metals recovered from circuit boards and circulated currency.

Post-consumer recycled gemstones can include diamonds and colored stones removed from used jewelry or adornment or stones previously used for industrial purposes (such as diamond wire dies).

See also: definitions of “recycled” and “pre-consumer recycled