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Do You Purchase Toner Cartridges? Affirmative Procurement Tips

January 31, 2008

Please, by February 13, 2008, if you or anyone in your organization, purchases (credit card holder, purchase request initiator, etc) directly or through contract the items below through a means other than store stock:


Paper, envelopes, file folders, newsprint, tissues, paper towels, sanitary tissue, napkins, industrial wipes, paperboard / packaging binders, recycling containers, waste receptacles, plastic clipboards, plastic desktop, accessories, plastic envelopes, plastic file boards, plastic portfolios, plastic folders, printer ribbons, toner cartridges, trash bags, awards and plaques, industrial drums, manual grade strapping, mats, signs, sorbents, blasting grit, bike racks, traffic cones or barricades, parking stops, building insulation, carpet cushion, concrete, floor tiles, laminated paperboard, latex paint, polyester fiber carpet, restroom/shower dividers, structural fiberboard, compost, park benches, picnic tables, engine coolants, lubricating oils (not aircraft), vehicle parts, or tires.


These items must be purchased with the recommended recovered content as stated at http://www.epa.gov/cpg or a waiver must be initiated by the purchaser and signed by the Environmental Office. Store stock items do not need to be reported.


Each year WFF is required to report on our purchases. To do this accurately, the Environmental Office needs data from each purchaser. If you or anyone in your organization purchased (credit card, purchase request initiator, etc.) any of the above items in fiscal year 2007 either with the recommended recovered content or without, please provide the Environmental Office with this purchasing information by February 13, 2008. Required information includes total dollars spent on the item, total dollars spent on items with recommended recovered content, total number of items purchased, and total number of items purchased with the recommended recovered content. Please use the attached spreadsheet to report the required information.


Affirmative Procurement is not a new concept. Since January 24, 1994, EPA has required federal agencies and their contractors to purchase designated items with recommended recovered content. If you are looking for sources of recycled products or general affirmative procurement information, there are many. In addition to the EPA website mentioned above, EPA has provided WFF with a list of useful websites (Attached). Information about affirmative procurement can be found on the Environmental Office website at https://code200-external.gsfc.nasa.gov/250-wff/program-areas-green-purchasing, in NPR 8530.1A Affirmative Procurement Program and Plan for Environmentally Preferable Products found at https://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/, and in Wallops Flight Facility Special Announcement 04-03 New Purchasing Requirements.