Awards and Plaques
Government agencies purchase millions of dollars worth of awards and plaques each year for awards programs, recognition ceremonies, and other initiatives. Recovered-content awards are generally made from blown glass while plaques can be made with a variety of recovered materials including wood, paper, plastic, and plastic/wood composites.
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing awards and plaques as shown in the table below.
EPA's Recommended Recovered Materials Content
for Awards and Plaques ╣
|Material||Postconsumer Content (%)||Total Recovered Materials Content (%)|
╣EPA's recommendations do not preclude a procuring agency from purchasing awards and plaques manufactured from other materials. They simply require that a procuring agency, when purchasing glass, wood, paper, or plastic awards or plaques, purchase these items containing recovered materials when the item meets applicable specifications and performance requirements.
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of awards and plaques containing recovered materials.
The General Services Administration's (GSA's) Federal Supply Schedule Group 99, Schedule VI A, includes plaques made from recovered materials. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Miscellaneous Products (PDF) (7 pp, 146K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights miscellaneous products designated in the CPG, including awards and plaques, and includes recommended recovered-content levels and a list of resources.
Background Document (PDF) (215 pp, 381K, About PDF)
This background document includes EPA's product research on recovered-content awards and plaques as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.