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Section F-3--Garden and Soaker Hoses Containing Recovered Plastic
or Rubber
Preference Program: EPA recommends that, based on the recovered
materials content levels shown in Table F-3, procuring agencies
establish minimum content standards for use in purchasing garden and
soaker hoses.
Table F-3 .--Recommended Recovered Materials Content Levels for Garden
and Soaker Hoses Containing Recovered Plastic or Rubber
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Postconsumer
Product
Material
content (%)
Garden hose.. .................. Rubber and/or plastic ..
60-65
60-70
Soaker hose.. .................. Rubber and/or plastic ..
Notes: EPA's recommendation does not preclude a procuring agency from
purchasing garden and soaker hoses manufactured from another material.
It simply requires that a procuring agency, when purchasing garden and
soaker hoses made from plastic or rubber, purchase these items made
with recovered materials when these items meet applicable
specifications and performance requirements.
The Green Seal specification for watering hoses includes a 50 percent
postconsumer content level. However, all companies from which EPA
obtained information manufacture garden and/or soaker hoses with at
least 60 percent postconsumer content.
Specifications: EPA recommends that procuring agencies use the
following specifications when procuring garden and soaker hoses:
(1) ASTM D3901 Consumer Specification for Garden Hose. The
specification addresses physical and performance characteristics
(pressure, tensile, and ripping strength tests) and states that the
material components are to be agreed upon by the purchaser and seller.
(2) Green Seal GC-2: Watering Hoses. The standard calls for the use
of 50 percent postconsumer rubber material in garden hoses and 65
percent postconsumer rubber material in soaker hoses. EPA recommends
that, when purchasing garden hoses, procuring agencies reference the
technical requirements of this specification but set a higher content
standard. Section F-4--Lawn and Garden Edging Containing Recovered
Plastic or Rubber
Preference Program: EPA recommends that, based on the recovered
materials content levels shown in Table F-4, procuring agencies
establish minimum content standards for use in purchasing lawn and
garden edging.



 


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