Signs made from recovered materials are used for public roads and highways, as well as inside and outside of office buildings, museums, parks, and other public places. EPA's designation pertains to plastic signs used for nonroad applications (e.g., building signs, trail signs) and to aluminum roadway and nonroadway signs. The designation also covers any associated plastic or steel supports.
- Recommended Recovered Materials Content Ranges
- Product Specifications
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EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing signage as shown in the table below.
|Item/Material||Postconsumer Content (%)||Total Recovered Materials Content (%)|
|Plastic signs 1||80-100||80-100|
|Plastic sign posts/supports 1||80-100||80-100|
|Steel sign posts/supports 2||16
2The recommended recovered materials content levels for steel in this table reflect the fact that the designated items can be made from steel manufactured in either a Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF) or an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF). Steel from the BOF process contains 25-30% total recovered materials, of which 16% is postconsumer steel. Steel from the EAF process contains a total of 100% recovered steel, of which 67% is postconsumer.
EPA is not aware of specifications for nonroad signs containing recovered materials. Standard specifications for road sign size, lettering, color, strength, and performance requirements can be found in the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices," which is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of signage containing recovered materials.
Buy-Recycled Series: Miscellaneous Products (PDF) (7 pp, 146K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights miscellaneous products designated in the CPG, including signage, and includes recommended recovered-content levels and a list of resources.
Background Document (215 pp, 381K, About PDF)
This background document includes EPA's product research on recovered-content signage as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.