Office Recycling Containers and Waste Receptacles
Recycling containers and waste receptacles are used to collect and transport waste and recyclable materials in offices all across the country -- either in deskside or larger, more centralized containers. These items can be made from recovered paper, plastic, or steel.
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing office recycling containers and waste receptacles as shown in the table below.
|Materials||Postconsumer Content (%):||Total Recovered Materials Content (%):|
|Plastic||20 - 100||--|
|- Solid Fiber Boxes||40||--|
1The recommended recovered materials content levels for steel in this table reflect the fact that the designated items are made from steel manufactured in a Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF). Steel from the BOF process contains 25-30% total recovered materials, of which 16% is postconsumer steel.
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of office recycling containers and waste receptacles containing recovered materials.
The U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA's) Federal Supply Schedule Group 72, Part 7, Schedule B lists a variety of containers and receptacles available for purchase. 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 office recycling containers and waste receptacles, 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 office recycling containers and waste receptacles as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.