Plastic fencing containing recovered materials can be used to control drifting snow and sand and as a warning or safety barrier at construction sites. Plastic fencing used in these applications goes by many names snow fencing, temporary fencing, beach or dune fencing, warning barrier, and safety barrier. Such fencing is constructed from recovered and postconsumer HDPE in an open-weave pattern or from wood slats held together with wire strands. EPA's designation specifically covers plastic fencing containing recovered plastic.
- Recommended Recovered Materials Content Ranges
- Product Specifications
- Product Information
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EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing plastic fencing for specified uses as shown in the table below.
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The state of New York developed a specification for orange-colored plastic fencing used for snow barriers, warning barriers, and safety barriers but discontinued its use because the state did not purchase enough fencing to warrant maintaining the specification. Height varied, depending on application, from 4 to 6 feet. Weight varied from 17 pounds per 100-foot section for warning barriers to 48 pounds per 100-foot section for snow fencing to 66 pounds per 100-foot section for 6-foot safety barrier fencing. The New York specification also addressed mesh size, porosity, service temperature range, and strength for each application.Database of Manufacturers and Suppliers
The U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA's) Park and Outdoor Recreational Equipment, Federal Supply Schedule Group 78, Part 1, Schedule C, Classes 7830, lists a variety of park and recreation products that contain recovered materials. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Park and Recreation Products (6 pp, 100K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the park and recreation products designated in the CPG, including plastic fencing, and includes case studies, recommended recovered-content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Document
This background document includes EPA's product research on recovered-content plastic fencing as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.