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Part 250. Because both the chipboard and pressboard used in binders are types of
paperboard, they are already included in the 1988 designation. In a March 15, 1995 draft
RMAN, EPA proposed `revised recovered materials recommendations for paper and paper
products (see 60 FR 14182). The draft RMAN contains recommendations content levels for
pressboard binders within the "bristols" subcategory and draft recommended content levels
for chipboard within the miscellaneous paperboard subcategory. Procuring agencies should
refer to these recommendations for covered and uncovered chipboard, pressboard, and other
paperboard products used in binders.
E. Plastic Trash Bags
1. Background
In the CPG, the Agency proposed designating plastic trash bags (see 59 FR 18881,
April 20, 1994). Plastic trash bags, also called trash can liners, are widely available with
recovered materials content. They come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from clear to
black; sires, ranging from 11 gallon to 5.5 gallon; and thicknesses, ranging from 0.5 mil to
1.7 mil. According to the information available, to EPA, HDPE, LDPE, and LLDPE are the
recovered materials most commonly used to manufacture these items. The actual amount of
recovered materials contained in a bag is affected by the color, sire, and thickness of the
bag.
At proposal, EPA stated that we had information only on trash bags made from
postconsumer recovered plastic and requested information on trash bags made from other
recovered materials and the recovered, materials content levels of those products (see 59 FR
18881, April 20, 1994). The agency received no information in response to this request.
2. Summary of Comments and-Agency's Response
No commenters opposed the proposed designation of plastic trash bags.
3. Rationale for Designation
EPA believes that plastic trash bags satisfy the statutory criteria for selecting items for
designation.
a. Use of materials in solid waste. As discussed above in section II.A, plastics are a
significant component of the solid waste stream.
b. Technically proven uses. EPA is aware of at least five manufacturers that produce
trash bags with recovered materials content. In addition, trash bags with recovered materials
content are available from the GSA "Supply Catalog." Also, the National Association of
State Purchasing Officials' Recycled Product Database, which provides detailed information
on state purchases of products containing recovered materials, lists 88 different contracts for
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