Reprocessed and Consolidated Latex Paints for Specified Uses
Reprocessed paint is postconsumer latex paint that has been sorted by a variety of characteristics including type (i.e., interior or exterior), light and dark colors, and finish (e.g., high-gloss versus flat). Reprocessed paint is available in various colors and is suitable for both interior and exterior applications. Consolidated paint consists of postconsumer latex paint with similar characteristics (e.g., type, color family, and finish) that is consolidated at the point of collection. Consolidated paint is typically used for exterior applications or as an undercoat.
- Recommended Recovered Materials Content Ranges
- Product Specifications
- Product Information
- Additional Links
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing reprocessed and consolidated latex paint for specified uses as shown in the table below.
|Product||Postconsumer Content (%)||Total Recovered Materials Content (%)|
|Reprocessed Latex Paint:|
|- White, Off-White, Pastel Colors||20||20|
|- Grey, Brown, Earthtones, and Other Dark Colors||50-99||50-99|
|Consolidated Latex Paint||100||100|
1EPA's recommendation does not preclude agencies from purchasing paints manufactured from other, non-latex materials, such as oil-based paints. It simply recommends that procuring agencies, when purchasing latex paints, purchase these items made from postconsumer recovered materials when these items meet applicable specifications and performance requirements.
EPA recommends that procuring agencies refer to GSA commercial item description (CID) A-A-3185 when purchasing recycled paint. Currently, the CID is not available electronically.Database of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of consolidated and reprocessed latex paint containing recovered materials.
Reprocessed and consolidated latex paint can be ordered through the General Service Administration's (GSA's) online ordering system. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service. GSA has a free paint brochure available by calling 800 241-RAIN or by faxing requests to 206 931-7544. 2007 Buy-Recycled Series: Construction Products (PDF) (11 pp, 104K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the construction products designated in the CPG, including consolidated and reprocessed latex paint, 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 latex paint as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.