Green Purchasing & Recycling

Last year 750,000,000 pounds of waste from Pierce County homes, schools, offices, stores and factories went to landfills.

Pierce County's Goals are:
  • At least 50% of office products purchased will have recycled content
  • Reduce purchase and consumption of copier/printer paper by 15%
  • Increase recycling by 50%.
  • Reduce the amount of landfill waste by 30%.
What can you do to reduce, reuse, recycle and save...

Adopt a Green Purchasing Policy

Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) or 'green purchasing' means choosing products and services that most effectively minimize negative environmental impacts over their life cycle of manufacturing, transportation, use and recycling or disposal.

Examples include products and services that conserve energy and water, minimize generation of waste and releases of pollutants; products made from recycled materials and that can be reused or recycled; energy from renewable resources such as biobased fuels, solar and wind power; alternate fuel vehicles; and products using alternatives to hazardous or toxic chemicals.

Buying green helps to:
  • Improve safety and health of our employees and the public
  • Reduce pollution, conserve natural resources and energy
  • Stimulate new markets for recycled materials and create jobs
  • Improve awareness of environmental stewardship
  • Provide potential cost savings
  • Reduce liabilities
  • Comply with environmental laws and regulations

Examples of Green Purchasing Guides:

EPA - Green Purchasing Guides

Small Business Assn Contracting Opportunities

WA State Department of Ecology - EPP

Waste, Landfill & Recycling Resources

Click on links to explore resources:

Pierce County Public Works & Utilities

Sustainable School Awards

WA State Department of Ecology - E-Cycle

2 Good 2 Toss Reusable Materials Exchange

Take It Back Network