EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines

GREENX™ Towels meet the EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines

What is the EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guideline Program?

The EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guideline Program is a federal buy-recycled program that is managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This program has been developed to promote the use of recovered materials. It also designates items with minimum recovered fiber content that procuring government agencies must purchase. The following eight designated item categories are: paper and paper products, vehicular products, construction products, transportation products, park and recreation products, landscaping products, nonpaper office products, and miscellaneous products.

U.S. Green Building Council  MemberWho is Required to Buy Recycled Products?

Under RCRA section 6002 (a), the requirement to purchase an EPA-designated product containing recovered materials applies to procuring agencies that spend more than $10,000 a year on that item. Procuring agencies include all federal agencies, and any state or local government agencies or government contractors that use appropriated federal funds to purchase the designated items. For example, if a county agency spends more than $10,000 a year on an EPA-designated item, and part of that money is from appropriated federal funds, then the agency must purchase that item made from recovered materials.

Why Does the EPA Publish the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)?

To encourage the use of materials recovered through recycling, and thereby help reduce the amount of waste that must be disposed of, Congress directed government agencies to increase their purchases of recycled-content products.

Do GREENXTowels meet the minimum recycled content of a designated item in the CPG?

Yes, GREENX™ Towels meet the minimum recycled content of a designated item in the EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines. GREENX™ Towels are made with 40% post-consumer recovered fiber (based only on the product's fiber content, which represents a minimum of 85% of the total product weight) which has been verified by TerraVeritas Validation Sciences, Inc. GREENX™ Towels are considered Commercial Sanitary Tissue Products under the Paper and Paper Products category of the CPG.

EPA Chart

Chart taken from page 5 of the EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines.

KEY TERM

Post-Consumer Fiber:

  • The paper is recovered in our homes and offices.
  • Does not include newsstand returns and printers’ overruns.