1. Selection of Items for Designation
EPA began its efforts to develop the CPG and RMAN by first creating an interagency
working group consisting of technical, research and development, environmental, and
procurement officials from several of the major Federal purchasing agencies.
The Agency then compiled a broad list of potential products made from recovered
materials. In developing this list, EPA initially consulted publicly-available sources of
information including the "Official Recycled Products Guide," GSA's "Recycled Products
Guide," the McDonald's Corporation's "McRecycle Database," and over 50 other
information sources. To this list, EPA added items which, prior to the issuance of the
Executive Order, EPA considered designating (i.e., fiberboard, hydraulic mulch, plastic
pipe, geotextiles, and compost). EPA next distributed its broad list of candidate items to the
working group for review and evaluation. Working group representatives, based on their
experiences in setting product specifications and their knowledge of the marketplace and the
procurement practices of their respective agencies, identified other items to be added to the
candidate list of products. Finally, based on a review of publicly-available information,
EPA's own product research, and input from the working group, EPA developed a final
Next, for each item on the final candidate list, EPA considered the following
questions that relate to the key criteria described previously in section II.D:
(1) Use of Materials in Solid Waste
Is the item made using a material that represents a significant portion of
the solid waste stream or presents a solid waste disposal problem?
(2) Economic and Technological Feasibility and Performance
Does the item perform as well as necessary to meet a procuring
Are there standards or specifications that would enable a procuring
agency to buy the item containing recovered materials?
Is the item available at a reasonable price considering normal market
(3) Impact of Government Procurement
Is the item purchased in appreciable quantities by the Federal
government or by state and local governments?