Intro. 482 -- Fact SheetCity Agency Environmental Procurement & Waste Prevention
(Intro 482 in its entirety is at: http://everest.hunter.cuny.edu/~mclarke/WPComm.htm)
On December 11, 1998, legislation, summarized below, was introduced into the New York City Council in order to increase the City's purchase of products, materials and equipment made with post-consumer recycled content and to incorporate waste prevention measures into the Citys procurement and product utilization practices
City agencies shall review newly developed or existing procurement specifications to determine whether such specifications would exclude, eliminate or otherwise discourage the purchase of
This review shall be utilized by all agencies to make any necessary change in such procurement specifications to ensure that:
All agencies shall, wherever recycled products meet contract specifications and the price of such products is reasonably competitive, purchase such products. ("Reasonably competitive" shall mean that the cost of the recycled product does not exceed a cost premium of ten percent above the cost of a comparable, non-recycled product, or, if at least fifty percent of the secondary materials utilized in the manufacture of that product are generated from the New York State waste stream, the cost of the recycled product does not exceed a cost premium of fifteen percent.)
(To conform with new Federal regulations) All purchases of printing and writing paper by agencies and the council shall be no less than thirty percent post-consumer recycled content, and if this is not reasonably available, does not meet performance requirements, or is available at an unreasonable price, paper containing no less than twenty percent post-consumer recycled content shall be purchased.
All city agencies shall purchase and require the use of rechargeable batteries and products that contain rechargeable batteries, and shall recycle rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries and all single-use batteries, to the maximum extent feasible.
Successful bidders to city contracts must agree that all reports shall be printed on recycled paper, as defined above, and where feasible, use both sides of the paper, and that the use of packaging in performance of a contract shall be eliminated to the maximum extent feasible.
By October, 1999, all city agencies shall prepare and submit to the mayors office of operations a plan for incorporating and increasing the level of waste prevention in its procurement practices, and update the plan each fiscal year thereafter. ("A plan for incorporating and increasing the level of waste prevention" shall mean a plan that requires, to the maximum extent feasible, waste prevention product utilization practices such as: double-sided copying and printing; the communication of information by electronic mail, discouraging the use of cover pages in the transmission of faxes.)
By October, 1999, the mayors office of contracts shall submit to the mayors office of operations a plan for incorporating and increasing the level of waste prevention in its procedures applicable to the procurement of services, other than construction services, by city agencies. Such plan shall be updated each fiscal year thereafter.
By October, 1999, the mayors office of construction shall submit to the mayors office of operations a plan for incorporating into and increasing the level of waste prevention in its procedures applicable to the procurement of construction services. Such plan shall be updated each fiscal year thereafter.
By December, 1999, the mayors office of operations, in consultation with the department of citywide administrative services and the department, shall prepare and submit to the mayor and the council, each citizens advisory board, a waste prevention and recycling procurement report and plan. Such plan shall be updated each fiscal year thereafter. The waste prevention and recycling procurement report and plan shall include, but not be limited to:
Annually, beginning with fiscal year 2000, all city agencies shall prepare separate lists of products, materials and equipment procured in the previous fiscal year that: (1) were durable, reusable or remanufactured, including products and equipment that operate or are intended to be operated on rechargeable batteries; (2) met or exceeded the highest amount of post-consumer recycled content established by USEPA, NYSDEC, and NYCDCAS, (3) were formulated to reduce or eliminate packaging; or (4) were formulated to substantially reduce or eliminate toxic materials. Such lists shall be circulated to all city mayoral and non-mayoral agencies and the council, and shall be made available upon request to all contractors with the City.
The head of each agency shall designate an agency environmental executive from his or her senior staff who will be responsible for: