Mats are temporary or semipermanent protective floor coverings used for numerous applications including protecting carpet from wear and tear or providing traction on stairs or slippery floors. Manufacturing mats with recovered content diverts a whole range of materials from disposal including postconsumer rubber, PVC, HDPE, LDPE, PET, PP, and some metals.
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing mats as shown in the table below.
|Material||Postconsumer Content (%)||Total Recovered Materials Content (%)|
╣EPA's recommendations do not preclude a procuring agency from purchasing mats made from other materials. They simply require that procuring agencies, when purchasing mats made from rubber and/or plastic purchase them made with recovered materials when these items meet applicable specifications and performance requirements.
Mats can be ordered through the General Services 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: Miscellaneous Products (PDF) (7 pp, 146K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights miscellaneous products designated in the CPG, including mats, 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 mats as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.