Thursday, August 8, 2013

States Beginning to Require Green Cleaning Supplies

VANCOUVER, WA — Two states have adopted a new "green janitorial supplies contract" that directs public agencies to purchase supplies that reduce the use of toxic chemicals without raising costs, according to The Columbian.
The contract addresses a variety of issues including low environmental impact cleaning products, tools, equipment, consultation and training, the article stated.

According to the article, new price agreements with companies such as Coastwide Laboratories, Waxie Sanitary Supply, Interline Brands and West Coast Paper, will begin August 1, and may be extended in two-year increments until 2018.

Oregon Executive Order No. 12-05 calls on state agencies to "adopt purchasing policies focused on less-toxic products," while Washington Executive Order 04-01 directs state agencies to "purchase equipment, supplies and other products that do not contain toxic chemicals unless no feasible alternative exists," the article noted.

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