Traffic cones are used to mark a road hazard or to direct traffic. Recovered plastics are used in the upper component of the cones, and crumb rubber and/or plastics are used in the base.
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing traffic cones as shown in the table below.
|Material||Postconsumer Materials (%):||Total Recovered Materials Content (%) ²|
|Plastic (PVC and LDPE)||--||50-100|
1Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices Database of Manufacturers and Suppliers
Traffic cones can be ordered through the General Service Administration's (GSA's) online ordering system. In addition, GSA publishes various supply catalogues, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products available through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Transportation Products (PDF) (7 pp, 89K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the transportation products designated in the CPG, including traffic cones, and includes case studies, recommended recovered-content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Documents
These background documents include EPA's product research on recovered-content traffic cones as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.