One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of waste or recycled products) consisting of or incorporating material discarded by end users rather than generated during a manufacturing process.‘of the 2.5 million tonnes of post-consumer tyres accumulated annually within the EU, 52 per cent are landfilled’‘shiny wrapping paper can't be recycled, so opt for post-consumer paper and packaging’
1Following the making of purchases (rare).
2Designating or relating to waste generated by consumers (rather than industry).
1950s; earliest use found in The Sheboygan Press.
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