WASHINGTON-Recycled rubber track and playground pavement, as well as polymeric traffic barricades and cones, are among the recycled products newly added to the Environmental Protection Agency's recycled product procurement guidelines. The EPA issued a proposed ``Comprehensive Guideline for Procurement of Products Containing Recovered Materials'' in the April 20 Federal Register.
Besides incorporating the previously existing guidelines on retreaded tires, re-refined oil, paper, building insulation and cement, the new comprehensive guidelines list dozens of recycled products for government procurement.
These products all fall into one of eight solid waste materials categories designated by the EPA: rubber, plastics, paper, glass, wood, engine coolant, yard trimmings and blast furnace slag.
If they go into effect, the EPA comprehensive guidelines could be a major boost for all the listed products.
Under Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, government procurement agents must maximize purchases of all items designated by the EPA as having a significant recycled materials content.
In some cases, government agencies have proven resistant to EPA guidelines. This has been particularly true with retreads, which have been the subject of a guideline since 1988. The General Services Administration has been working since that time to overcome anti-retread prejudice and ease the entry of retreads onto the agency's Qualified Products List.
The proposed guidelines contain nothing new regarding retreads, according to an EPA spokeswoman.
She could not say how much crumb rubber modified track and playground pavement or recycled traffic barriers the government buys, because the reporting agencies hadn't quantified that figure.
The inclusion of rubberized track and playground pavement comes as little surprise, since President Clinton added a well-publicized recycled rubber running track to the White House grounds last year.
June 20 is the deadline for comment on the guidelines.