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Buying Recycled and Environmentally Preferable Products. Sarah Ketchem NC Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance (919) 715-6505; The average American disposes of 1500 pounds of trash annually. NC Sources of waste. NIMBY “not in my backyard”

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buying recycled and environmentally preferable products
Buying Recycled and Environmentally Preferable Products

Sarah Ketchem

NC Division of Pollution Preventionand Environmental Assistance

(919) 715-6505;


NIMBY “not in my backyard”

NOTE “not over there either”

NOPE “not on planet earth”

NIMTOO “not in my term of office”


What can you do?


Bell Atlantic expanded the use of electronic

purchasing orders saving 29 tons of paper and



What can you do?


Motorola conserved 500 tons of waste

by switching to reusable plastic

packaging and cardboard boxes saving $521,438


What can you do?


Russell Corp. recycled more than 14,500 tons of

textiles, 3,850 tons of cardboard and nearly

1,500 tons of paper and other commodities saving over $700,000 in landfill tipping fees.




Reuse/Buying Recycled

buying • recycled

purchasing products that contain materials diverted from the solid waste stream

environmentally  preferable  procurement

purchasing goods and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment in their manufacture, use, and disposal when compared to other goods and services that serve the same purpose

re purchase

What can you do?


McDonald’s Corp. helps lead the way in recycled

content purchasing. Last year alone they spent over

300 million on more than 300,000 tons of

recycled content materials.

benefits of buying recycled
Benefits of Buying Recycled
  • Creates markets
  • Saves landfill space
  • Drives market demand
  • Conserves resources and energy
  • Creates jobs
  • Good PR
  • Saves money
economies of scale
Economies of Scale




making it happen
Making it Happen
  • Utilize State Contracts/Buy bulk
  • Life-cycle Costing
  • Waste Prevention Programs
  • Conduct Competitive Bids
life cycle costing
Life Cycle Costing
  • Maintenance Costs?
  • Replacement costs?
  • Disposal Costs?
use less save more
Use Less, Save More

Paper Costs Before Reduction

Paper Costs After Duplex Printing

Total paper used = 50 cases

Price/case virgin = $18.40

Annual paper costs = $920

Total paper used = 40 cases

Price/case recycled = $22.60

Annual paper costs = $904

$16 savings

conduct competitive bids
Conduct Competitive Bids
  • Find as many potential bidders as possible
  • Emphasize your interest in recycled content
  • Use existing standards
  • Eliminate “all or nothing” clauses
a few of the products available
A Few of the Products Available
  • Retread Tires
  • Building Supplies
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Remanufactured Copiers/toner cartridges
  • Tissue & Paper Towels
  • Carpet
  • Uniforms
  • Re-Refined Motor Oil
  • Office Paper & Envelopes
  • Office furniture
where to look for recycled products
Where to Look for Recycled Products
  • Existing vendors
  • State/Federal Contract
  • Internet resources
  • Trade exhibitions and shows
  • The Official Recycled Products Guide
one person s trash
One person’s trash…

Do you have a marketable commodity that you are currently paying to dispose?

Conduct a waste assessment and find out…


Information Resources

  • NC DPPEA Web Site:
  • NC Division of Purchase and Contract web site:
  • Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines:
  • The Official Recycled Products Guide:1-800-267-0707