Salt Lake City, UT Environmentally Preferable Procurement Policy

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Salt Lake City, UT, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Revised version adopted on 6/3/07

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9. Environmentally Preferable Procurement

9.1 It is the policy of Salt Lake City to purchase environmentally preferable products containing the maximum amount of post-consumer and/or recovered materials practicable and to purchase energy efficient electrical products that perform in the upper 25th percentile of the market for each product class when available and cost effective.

A. Environmentally Preferable Products. When post-consumer material is impracticable for a specific type of product, products will be purchased containing the highest amount possible of recovered materials. In all purchases, consideration should be given to products made from recyclable materials. Such products must meet industry accepted performance standards, be available at a reasonable price and within a reasonable time. It is also our policy to prefer pollution prevention, whenever feasible. Pollution that cannot be prevented or recycled should be treated in an environmentally safe manner. Disposal should be employed only as a last resort.

B. Energy Efficient Products. Salt Lake City is also committed to using and purchasing energy in the most efficient, cost effective, and environmentally responsible manner possible. Toward this end, Salt Lake City shall purchase energy efficient appliances and electrical devices that provide the maximum practicable amount of energy efficiencies and contribute to a healthy environment and community. City departments shall select, where cost-effective, Energy Star® and/or other energy efficient products when acquiring energy-using products. For product groups where Energy Star® labels are not available, departments shall select products that are in the upper 25 percent of the market for each product class for energy efficiency as designated by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). FEMP efficiency criteria are listed at

9.2 Definitions:

A. Environmentally preferable means having a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose. This comparison may consider raw materials acquisition, production, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, reuse, operation, maintenance, or disposal of the product.

B. Post-consumer materials means only those products generated by a business or consumer which have served their intended end uses, and which have been separated or diverted from the solid waste stream for the purposes of collection, recycling and disposition.

C. Practicable means sufficient in performance and available at a reasonable price.

D. Recyclable product means a product, which, after its intended end use, can demonstrably be diverted from the City’s solid waste stream for use as a raw material in the manufacture of another product.

E. Recycled material means material and byproducts that have been recovered or diverted from solid waste and that can be utilized in place of raw or virgin material in manufacturing a product. It is derived from post-consumer recycled material, manufacturing waste, industrial scrap, agricultural waste, and other waste material, but does not include material or byproducts generated from, and commonly reused within, an original manufacturing process.

F. Recycled product means a product containing recycled material.

G. Recovered materials means waste material and by-products, which have been recovered or diverted from solid waste, but does not include those materials and by-products generated from, and commonly reused within, an original manufacturing process.

H. Energy Efficient means products in the upper 25 percent of the market for each product class for energy efficiency as designated by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). FEMP efficiency criteria are listed at

9.3 The department’s Environmental Coordinator will ensure that data is collected to analyze and target areas for consideration which support the purchase of products that will minimize negative environmental impacts and support markets for recycled and other environmentally preferable products.

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