Bike racks provide a method for cyclists to secure their bicycles safely. Commonly found in public areas, bike racks can be designed to hold 1 to 50 bicycles and can be free standing units, anchored by bolts or cement, or embedded into the ground.
Recommended Recovered Materials
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EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing bike racks as shown in the table below.
EPA's Recommended Recovered Materials Content Levels for Bike Racks
|Material||Postconsumer Content (%)||Total Recovered Materials Content (%)|
1The recommended recovered materials content levels for steel in this table reflect the fact that the designated item is generally made from steel manufactured in a Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF). Steel from the BOF process contains 25% - 30% total recovered steel, of which, 16% is postconsumer steel.
EPA did not identify any industry standards or specifications that would preclude the use of recovered materials in bike racks.
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of bike racks containing recovered materials.
Buy-Recycled Series: Miscellaneous Products (PDF) (7 pp, 146K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the construction products designated in the CPG and includes recommended recovered-content levels and a list of resources.
This background document includes EPA's product research on bike racks as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.