Recycling Procurement Program

Federal RMAN Guidelines for Paper Products

Source: EPA Paper Products Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN)
61 Federal Register 26985 (May 29, 1996), as amended by
63 Federal Register 31214 (June 8, 1998)
Origination Date: May 29, 1996
Revision Date: Oct 27, 1999

These EPA guidelines serve as recommendations for Wisconsin state agencies, and are to be used in state bids for recycled paper if they accurately reflect the current marketplace. State bid specifications should reduce the recycled content if it appears that EPA was overly optimistic. In any case where EPA shows a range of values, use the lower number in the range for your minimum content requirement. If a state bid must use a different recycled content from those shown in the RMAN, purchasing agents should still use the federal reference in order to establish definitions of terms, and should then state the actual recycled content bid requirement.

Item Notes Recovered Content % Postconsumer Content %
Printing and Writing Papers
Cotton fiber High-quality papers used for stationery, invitations, currency, ledgers, maps, and other specialty items 30 30
Text and cover Premium papers used for cover stock, books, and stationery and matching envelopes 30 30
Papeteries Used for invitations and greeting cards 30 30
Offset Used for book publishing, commercial printing, direct mail, technical documents, and manuals 30 30
Reprographic Business papers such as bond, electrostatic, copy, mimeo, duplicator, and reproduction 30 30
Forms bond Bond type papers used for business forms such as continuous, cash register, sales, book, unit sets and computer printout, excluding carbonless 30 30
Tablet Office papers such as note pads and notebooks 30 30
Envelope Wove 30 30
Kraft, white and colored (including manila) 10 to 20 10 to 20
Kraft, unbleached 10 10
Excludes custom envelopes 10 10
Supercalendered Groundwood paper used for advertising and mail order inserts catalogs and some magazines 10 10
Machine finished groundwood Groundwood paper used in magazines and catalogs 10 10
Check Safety Used in the manufacture of commercial and government checks 10 10
Coated Used for annual reports, posters, brochures, and magazines. Have gloss, dull, or matte finishes 10 10
Carbonless Used in the production of multiple impact copy forms 30 30
File Folders Manila or kraft 30 30
Dyed filing products Used for multicolored hanging folders 20 to 50 20
Index and card stock Used for index cards, postcards 50 20
Pressboard High-strength paperboard used in bonders and report covers 50 20
Tags and tickets Used for toll and lottery tickets, licenses, and indentification and tabulating cards 20 to 50 20
Newsprint Groundwood paper used in newspapers 20 to 100 20 to 85
Commercial Sanitary Tissue Products
Bathroom tissue Used in rolls or sheets 20 to 100 20 to 60
Paper towels Used in rolls or sheets 40 to 100 40 to 60
Paper napkins Used in food service applications 30 to 100 30 to 60
Facial tissue Used for personal care 10 to 100 10 to 15
General-purpose industrial wipers Used in cleaning and wiping applications 40 to 100 40
Paperboard and Packaging Products
Corrugated containers Used for packaging and shipping a variety of goods
less than 300 psi 25 to 50 25 to 50
more than 300 psi 25 to 30 25 to 30
Solid fiber boxes Used for specialized packaging needs such as dynamite packaging and army ration boxes 40 40
Folding cartons Used to package a wide variety of foods, household products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, detergent and hardware 100 40 to 80
Industrial paperboard Used to create tubes, cores, cans, and drums 100 45 to 100
Miscellaneous Includes "chipboard" pad backings, book covers, covered binders, mailing tubes, game boards, and puzzles 90 to 100 75 to 100
Padded mailers Made from kraft paper that is usually brown but can be bleached white 5 to 15 5 to 15
Carrierboard A type of folding carton designed for multi-pack beverage cartons 10 to 100 10 to 15
Brown papers Used for bags and wrapping paper 5 to 40 5 to 20
Miscellaneous Paper Products
Tray liners Used to line food service trays. Often contain printed information 100 50 to 75


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