Plastic Desktop Accessories
Plastic desktop accessories include desk organizers, desk sorters, desk and letter trays, and memo, note, and pencil holders, as well as other items determined by the procuring agency. They are typically made from polystyrene and are manufactured by injection-molding.
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing plastic desktop accessories as shown in the table below.
|Product:||Material:||Postconsumer Content (%):|
|Plastic Desktop Accessories||Polystyrene||25-80|
╣EPA's recommendation does not preclude procuring agencies from purchasing a desktop accessory manufactured from another material, such as paper, wood or steel. It simply recommends that, when purchasing plastic desktop accessories, procuring agencies purchase these items made from recovered materials.
Plastic desktop accessories can be ordered through the General Service Administration's (GSA's) online ordering system. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Nonpaper Office Products (PDF) (7 pp, 92K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the nonpaper office products designated in the CPG, including plastic desktop accessories, and includes case studies, recommended recovered-content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Documents
These background documents include EPA's product research on recovered-content plastic desktop accessories as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.