Industrial Consumer


  • Recycled Products Meeting US EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines

    Local agencies that use appropriated federal funds to buy $10,000 or more of products in categories below in a year must buy recycled products that meet US EPA's federal comprehensive procurement guidelines:

    • Automotive: engine coolants, rebuilt vehicular parts, re-refined lubricating oils, retread tires
    • Building materials: building insulation, cement and concrete, consolidated and reprocessed latex paint, floor tiles, flowable fill, laminated paperboard, modular threshold ramps, nonpressure pipe, patio blocks, railroad grade crossing surfaces, roofing materials, shower and restroom dividers/partitions, structural fiberboard, proposed: nylon carpet and nylon carpet backing
    • Industrial supplies: blasting grit, general purpose industrial wipes, industrial drums, manual-grade strapping, mats, pallets, signage, sorbents
    • Landscaping products: compost and fertilizer made from recovered organic materials, garden and soaker hoses, hydraulic mulch, lawn and garden edging, plastic lumber landscaping timbers and posts
    • Office supplies (non-paper): awards, binders, clipboards, file folders, clip portfolios, furniture, plastic desktop accessories and envelopes, printer ribbons, waste bins
    • Paper products: bath and facial tissue, binders, calendars, cardboard boxes, clipboards, easel pads, file folders, index cards, labels, newsprint, notebooks, notepads, packaging, paper (except white copy paper), paperboard, paper towels, shipping (envelopes, mailing tubes), sticky notes, waste bins
    • Park and recreation products: park benches and picnic tables, plastic fencing, playground equipment, playground surfaces, running tracks, waste bins
    • Traffic and sidewalk products: bike racks, channelizers, delineators, flexible delineators, parking stops, traffic barricades, traffic cones
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    City Approved Vendor(s)
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    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial
  • Treated Wood

    When to Use

    For situations where durability is essential, consider plastic lumber products instead.  If you need treated wood, choose from this list of wood preservative alternatives for arsenic.  That list is also on page 43-45 of the San Francisco Guide to Selecting Treated Wood.

    City Approved Vendor(s)
    Other Vendor(s)
    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial




  • Arsenic Treated Wood - Most Applications

    When to Use

    City agencies are prohibited from using arsenic treated wood except for certain applications that involve saltwater immersion. Details can be found in the list of Approved Alternatives to Arsenic Treated Wood.  Exemption requests must be submitted to SF Environment.

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    Other Vendor(s)
    Product/Service Type
    Consumer, Industrial

Info on this product category: Wood


Consider plastic lumber products as an alternative when durability is essential.

Criteria for Wood


  • HDPE: 25-100% postconsumer content, 75-100% total recycled content
  • Mixed plastics/Sawdust: 50% postconsumer content, 100% total recycled content
  • HDPE/Fiberglass: 75% postconsumer content, 95% total recycled content
  • Other mixed resins: 50-100% postconsumer content, 95-100% total recycled content

(from EPA's Recommended Recovered Materials Content Levels)



SF Environment used the following criteria to evaluate potential alternatives to wood preservatives 
containing arsenic: 
1. If the product is pressure treated, treatment must be standardized by American Wood Products Association for the 
intended use. This requirement helps ensure that the treatment meets specifications to 
minimize leaching. 
2. Product must not be used in a manner that US EPA prohibits or discourages. 
3. Product or use must not violate state or local law, policy, or published best 
management practices. 
4. Product may not result in the release or creation of dioxins during manufacture or 
5. Product, constituents, or contaminants may not be listed on the EPA Priority PBT list 
or the EPA Waste Minimization Priority Chemicals list. 
6. Product (or components) should not contain known, likely, or probable human 
carcinogens listed by EPA, IARC, NTP, or State of California. 
7. Product (or components) should not be listed as reproductive or developmental 
toxicants by the State of California. 
8. For structures built in or over water, or where significant runoff is likely to occur, the 
use of copper should be minimized. If copper-based products are used, products with the 
lowest leaching potential should be chosen. 
9. Products must not designate as a hazardous waste using criteria set by the State of 
All alternatives on the "Arsenic Treated Wood Alternatives List" meet the criteria listed above. 


Last updated

Last updated: 
September 10, 2003