Playground surfaces can contain recovered rubber and PVC materials that are often more desirable than wood chips, sand, or asphalt, because they can provide more cushioning and thereby may be safer for children. You can find playground surfaces made with recovered materials at schools, military bases, and housing developments.
- Recommended Recovered Materials Content Ranges
- Product Specifications
- Product Information
- Additional Links
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing playground surfaces as shown in the table below.
|Material:||Postconsumer Content (%):|
|Rubber or Plastic||90-100|
╣EPA's recommendation does not preclude procuring agencies from purchasing playground surfaces manufactured from another material. It simply recommends that procuring agencies, when purchasing playground surfaces made from rubber or plastic, purchase these items made from recovered materials.
- Federal agency installations must comply with
applicable state or local construction codes.
- The Consumer Products Safety Commission requires that
playground surfaces meet certain performance standards to
reduce head injuries, including ASTM specification F 1292,
pertaining to impact attenuation standards.
- Playground surfacing must also comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, which provides that mobility-impaired persons cannot be prohibited from access to public places.
The 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 (PDF) (6 pp, 100K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the park and recreation products designated in the CPG, including playground surfaces, 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 playground surfaces, as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.