Federal Guidance

Federal Guidance

Environmental Protection Agency Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines

The Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) program is authorized by Congress under section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Executive Order 13423. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required to designate products that are or can be made with recovered materials, and to recommend practices for buying these products. Once a product is designated, procuring agencies are required to purchase it with the highest recovered material content level practicable.

To date, the EPA has issued five CPGs that cover 8 product categories and 62 products. View the CPG Timeline* to see when each CPG was issued and the number the number of items designated at each issuance.

In addition to the CPGs, the EPA issues guidance on buying recycled-content products in Recovered Materials Advisory Notices (RMANs). The RMANs recommend recycled-content ranges for CPG products based on current information on commercially available recycled-content products. RMAN levels are updated as marketplace conditions change. RMANs and additional information are available Here.