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Environmentally Responsible Purchasing
The Office of State Procurement is committed to helping state agencies purchase environmentally preferable products that:
Admin Biennial Report on OSP Purchasing 2007-2008
Environmental News from the Department of Administration
Minnesota Legislative and Executive Order Requirements
Minnesota Environmentally Preferable Goods and Services
Product Experience/Case Studies
Recycled Content Purchasing Requirements for Agencies Utilizing Federal Funds
For More Information
The Office of State Procurement is committed to helping state agenies purchase environmentally responsible products, including goods that: contain fewer toxic materials; minimize waste; contain recycled content; or conserve energy and water.
Ranking of Environmental & Performance for Cleaning Supplies (not currently available)
The title of the form for reporting the environmentally responsible purchases buyers make each quarter is:
Recycled Office Paper
All Other Recycled Products
Less Toxic and Reusable Products
Mercury Thermometers Prohibited
Mercury Emissions Reduction, Product Bans, and Disposal Bans
Reducing Air Pollution
Under Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Presidential Executive Order 13101, any federal, state or local agency meeting all of the following three criteria is subject to federal guidelines that require the agency to buy certain products with recycled content:
For example, if a state agency spends more than $10,000 a year on copy paper, and part of that money is from appropriated federal funds, that state agency must follow the EPA guidelines and buy 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper.
Here's an example involving a contractor hired by a local highway department. If the contractor spends more than $10,000 a year on traffic barricades, and the contractor is funded in part from federal money, that contractor must follow the EPA guidelines and buy 80 percent post-consumer recycled plastic traffic barricades.
Purchasers seeking current information on which products are subject to the federal guidelines may call the RCRA hotline at 800.424.9346 or visit the Federal Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) Website. This site offers a checklist of products that must be specified with recycled content.
Examples of some of the designated products include: building insulation, polyester carpet, floor tiles, restroom dividers, compost, plastic trash bags, toner cartridges, printing and writing paper, paper towels, bathroom tissue, traffic cones, refined oil, and retread tires.
More recycled products will be added to this list as new products are proven to meet sufficient standards for performance, price and availability.
The Carbohydrate Economy Clearinghouse (CEC)
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Guide
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Resource Recovery Office
King County, Washington's Recycled Product Procurement Program
Massachusetts Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Page
State of Wisconsin Recycling Procurement Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines
EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program
EPA's Energy Star Program
Do you have questions about any of the environmental products available on state contract? Do you have suggestions for new environmental products you would like to see added to state contracts?
If so, please contact any Acquisition Management Specialist.
Do you have questions about the cost, performance or availability of environmentally preferable products?
If so, contact your agency's environmental coordinator or the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651.297.5518.
Do you have questions about recycling or waste reduction?
If so, contact the Resource Recovery Office at 651.296.2397 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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