Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Recycle Products Purchasing Plan
In 1992, President Clinton issued the Federal Acquisition, Recycling, and Waste Prevention Order which called for all federal organizations and contractors to increase the percentage of recycled product purchases. The EPA designated five categories of recycled products in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Section 6002: re-refined oil, retread tires, concrete with fly ash, recycled building insulation, and recycled paper products.
Between 1990 and 1995, the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNC) showed a steady increase in recycled product purchases. Total purchases toward the EPA-designated categories in RCRA, Section 6002 rose from 6% to 38% as a result of several proactive initiatives. These initiatives included forming a three-site affirmative procurement team to coordinate affirmative procurement efforts; adding affirmative procurement criteria to proposals for paper, custodial products, and other Accelerated Vendor Inventory Delivery (AVID) agreements; offering recycled product alternatives for paper, custodial products, and tire AVID agreements; sponsoring recycled- product fairs for employees; and altering the language in engineering and procurement product specification documents which discouraged the use of recycled content material.
In addition, OR Y-12 and ORNC cited examples for promoting the purchase of recycled products. Among these include making re-refined motor oil available to garages by inclusion in the lubricating oil AVID agreement; forming a three-site garage team to develop guidelines which removed the barriers for retread tire purchases; switching to a recycled content computer paper which was suitable for high speed printers; establishing an AVID agreement and tracking procedure for office products that contained multiple recycled products; negotiating the removal of virgin copier paper; using recycled content trash bags; and printing company business cards on recycled content card stock.
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