Finally, there are water-stable aggregates that are formed from the microbial by-products that
prevent the formation of surface crusts on soil, which can inhibit seedling growth.
c. Impact of government procurement. Military installations alone have about 20
million acres of land. The potential compost usage (at 40 cubic yards per acre) for even part
of this acreage would be immense. In addition, the Forest Service and Park Service maintain
500,000 miles of roadsides and embankments. Therefore, the Federal market for compost
made with yard trimmings, leaf compost, and/or grass clippings could be substantial.
In 40 CFR 247.15(b), EPA is designating compost made from yard trimmings,
leaves; and/or grass clippings. for use in landscaping, seeding of grass or other plants on
roadsides and embankments, as a nutritious mulch under trees and shrubs, and in erosion
control and soil reclamation. As noted above, the number of mixedmunicipal compost and
food scrap composting facilities in the U.S. is limited. For this reason, EPA is not including
compost made with mixed municipal solid waste and/or food scraps in this designation.
XVI. NON-PAPER OFFICE PRODUCTS
A. Office Recycling Containers and Office Waste Receptacles
In the proposed CPG, the Agency proposed designating office recycling containers
and waste receptacles made from paper, plastic, and steel (see 59 FR 18878, April 20,
1994). These containers and receptacles include all indoor receptacles used for the collection
and transport of waste and/or recyclable materials, such as deskside containers, centralized
containers, and other containers for coding and transporting waste and/or recyclables.
Desk tray style recycling containers are covered under section XVI.B of this document,
which discusses plastic desktop accessories.
a. Paper containers. Corrugated paper office recycling containers are available
through GSA's Special Order Program. GSA literature refers to these products as being
made of "fiberboard." Recycling containers made from corrugated or other paper products
are covered under the paperboard section of EPA's procurement guideline for paper and
paper products (Section A of the RMAN that accompanies the CPG).
Currently, EPA has information only on paper recycling containers made from
corrugated paper. However, since office recycling containers and office waste receptacles
are similar in their manufacture and basic materials content, EPA believes that this
information is also applicable to office waste receptacles made from other recovered paper