ON FEDERAL ACQUISITION, RECYCLING & WASTE REDUCTION
MANDATED PROCUREMENT OF RECYCLED PAPER.
Significantly reduce the burden on landfills.
All federal purchases of printing and writing paper must
20 percent post-consumer material by the end of 1994, and
30 percent by the end of 1998.
Or, to encourage innovative production techniques and
reduce landfill waste, paper made with 50 percent
recovered byproducts from the production of goods other
than paper or textiles, provided that the waste would
otherwise end up in a landfill.
No increase in federal spending on paper goods; agencies are
required to make up any price increase by cutting waste and
using less paper.
Create a strong market for recycled paper now being collected
by more than 5,500 community recycling programs operating in
the United States -- programs that reach more than one-third
of all Americans. Localities currently spend more than $11
billion per year to dispose of this material.
Spur investment in recycling technologies, and create needed
jobs, primarily in the recycling sector and in cities.
Removal of unnecessary brightness specifications. GSA will
revise all paper specifications in order to allow agencies to
acquire paper made with processes that minimize emissions of
harmful byproducts, including chlorinated compounds.
A streamlined EPA process to designate recycled and
environmentally preferable products for federal procurement, to
ensure that agencies purchase the most environmentally sound
Mandated federal procurement of re-refined lubricating oil and
retread tires, in compliance with EPA procurement guidelines for
these materials, within 180 days.
Federal environmental executive and agency environmental
executives at each department will take responsibility carrying
out the order.