A key component of the CPG program is EPA's list of designated products and the accompanying recommendations for post-consumer content and recovered materials content. EPA has developed criteria and a process for product designation. EPA has already designated or is proposing to designate the products listed below. They are grouped into eight categories:
Building insulation, Carpet (polyester), Carpet cushion, 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
Compost and fertilizer made from recovered organic materials, Garden and soaker hoses, Hydraulic mulch, Lawn and garden edging, Plastic lumber landscaping timbers and posts
Nonpaper 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 and 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
Channelizers, Delineators, Flexible delineators, Parking stops, Traffic barricades, Traffic cones
Engine coolants, Rebuilt vehicular parts, Re-refined lubricating oils, Retread tires
Awards and plaques, Bike racks, Blasting grit, Industrial drums, Manual-grade strapping, Mats, Pallets, Signage, Sorbents
EPA published final or proposed recycled-content recommendations for each product. All proposals, designations, and recommendations are published in the Federal Register.
Notes on Content Levels:
(1) The content levels for all EPA recommendations should be read as X% recovered fiber, including Y% postconsumer fiber and not as X% recovered fiber plus Y% postconsumer fiber.
(2) EPA did not recommend any Postconsumer Content levels at the time of designation, either because there was no example of a product that contained a post consumer material or not enough products that contained the post consumer material levels. However, if a procurement agency finds a product with postconsumer materials, EPA recommends that the procurement agency buy the product with that material, if it meets the availability, price and performance criteria.
Note on Biobased Products:
CPG products do not include biobased products. Biobased products are designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a requirement of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (2002 Farm Bill), Section 9002. Biobased products are commercial or industrial products (other than food or feed) that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products, renewable agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials), or forestry materials. Federal procurement agencies must establish a procurement preference for buying biobased products designated by the USDA. Information can be found on the U.S. Department of Agriculture BioPreferred web site.
Raw data is available for the Consolidated Recovered Materials Advisory Notices (RMAN) for the Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG).