Adopted April 15, 2008 1.0 STATEMENT OF POLICY It is the policy of ContraCostaCounty to:
institute practices that reduce waste by increasing product efficiency and effectiveness
purchase environmentally preferable products and services that minimize environmental impacts, toxics, pollution, and hazards to worker and community safety to the greatest extent practicable
purchase products that include recycled content, are durable and long-lasting, conserve energy and water, use agricultural fibers and residues, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, use unbleached or chlorine free manufacturing processes, are lead and mercury free, and use sustainably harvested wood.
2.0 PURPOSE This Policy is adopted in order to:
conserve natural resources
minimize environmental impacts such as pollution and use of water and energy
eliminate or reduce toxics that create hazards to workers and our community
promote practices that improve public and worker health
support strong recycling markets
reduce materials that are landfilled
increase the use and availability of environmentally preferable products that protect the environment
identify environmentally preferable products and distribution systems
reward manufacturers and vendors that reduce environmental impacts in their production and distribution systems or services
create a model for successfully purchasing environmentally preferable products that encourages other purchasers in our community to adopt similar goals
For the complete Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy click here.