Recycled Products in US EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Directory

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Local agencies that use appropriated federal funds to buy $10,000 or more of products in categories below in a year must buy recycled products that meet US EPA's federal comprehensive procurement guidelines:

  • Automotive: engine coolants, rebuilt vehicular parts, re-refined lubricating oils, retread tires
  • Building materials: building insulation, cement and concrete, consolidated and reprocessed latex paint, floor tiles, flowable fill, laminated paperboard, modular threshold ramps, nonpressure pipe, patio blocks, railroad grade crossing surfaces, roofing materials, shower and restroom dividers/partitions, structural fiberboard, proposed: nylon carpet and nylon carpet backing
  • Industrial supplies: blasting grit, industrial drums, manual-grade strapping, mats, pallets, signage, sorbents
  • Landscaping products: compost and fertilizer made from recovered organic materials, garden and soaker hoses, hydraulic mulch, lawn and garden edging, plastic lumber landscaping timbers and posts
  • Office supplies (non-paper): awards and plaques, office products: binders, clipboards, file folders, clip portfolios, presentation folders, office furniture, office recycling containers, office waste receptacles, plastic desktop accessories, plastic envelopes, plastic trash bags, printer ribbons, toner cartridges
  • Paper products: commercial/industrial sanitary tissue products, miscellaneous papers, newsprint, paperboard and packaging products, printing and writing papers
  • Park and recreation products: park benches and picnic tables, plastic fencing, playground equipment, playground surfaces, running tracks
  • Traffic and sidewalk products: bike racks, channelizers, delineators, flexible delineators, parking stops, traffic barricades, traffic cones


Consumer, Industrial

Criteria for Recycled Products in US EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Directory

Info on this product category: Wood


Consider plastic lumber products as an alternative when durability is essential.

Criteria for Wood


  • HDPE: 25-100% postconsumer content, 75-100% total recycled content
  • Mixed plastics/Sawdust: 50% postconsumer content, 100% total recycled content
  • HDPE/Fiberglass: 75% postconsumer content, 95% total recycled content
  • Other mixed resins: 50-100% postconsumer content, 95-100% total recycled content

(from EPA's Recommended Recovered Materials Content Levels)



SF Environment used the following criteria to evaluate potential alternatives to wood preservatives 
containing arsenic: 
1. If the product is pressure treated, treatment must be standardized by American Wood Products Association for the 
intended use. This requirement helps ensure that the treatment meets specifications to 
minimize leaching. 
2. Product must not be used in a manner that US EPA prohibits or discourages. 
3. Product or use must not violate state or local law, policy, or published best 
management practices. 
4. Product may not result in the release or creation of dioxins during manufacture or 
5. Product, constituents, or contaminants may not be listed on the EPA Priority PBT list 
or the EPA Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals list. 
6. Product (or components) should not contain known, likely, or probable human 
carcinogens listed by EPA, IARC, NTP, or State of California. 
7. Product (or components) should not be listed as reproductive or developmental 
toxicants by the State of California. 
8. For structures built in or over water, or where significant runoff is likely to occur, the 
use of copper should be minimized. If copper-based products are used, products with the 
lowest leaching potential should be chosen. 
9. Products must not designate as a hazardous waste using criteria set by the State of 
All alternatives on the "Arsenic Treated Wood Alternatives List" meet the criteria listed above. 


Last updated

Last updated: 
September 10, 2003

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