Section 2-473 Recycled and environmentally preferable products.

    (a)    For purposes of this section.

    (1)    “ Environmentally preferable product” means a product which by its chemical or physical nature has a less adverse impact on the environment when compared to a similar product with a different chemical or physical nature or a product whose manufacturing process is less harmful to the environment than the manufacturing process of an equivalent product.

    (2)    “ Post consumer waste” means material generated by a consumer which has served its intended end use and has been separated or diverted from the solid waste stream for the purpose of collection, recycling and disposition.

    (3)    “ Recycled product” means a product that utilizes recycled materials or materials diverted from the waste stream, including an appropriate amount of post consumer waste, in its manufacture and construction.

    (b)    In evaluating bids and awarding contracts, the purchasing agent is authorized to give preference to recycled and environmentally preferable products as follows:

    (1)    The cost of recycled product may exceed by up to ten (10) percent the lowest priced bid on a comparable product which does not utilize recycled materials.

    (2)    The cost of an environmentally preferable product may exceed by up to five (5) percent the lowest priced bid on a comparable product which is not environmentally preferable.

    (c)    In order to qualify for recycled consideration on paper and paper products, proposed stock must meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended minimum content standards of selected papers and paper products.  Standards identifying the minimum content of recovered materials and products other than paper products shall be done on a case by case basis. The purchasing division shall utilize standards established by industry organizations, federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, nationally recognized standards organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials and state agencies.

    (d)    All bidders who wish to receive a preference on products made with recycled materials must properly complete, sign and return with their bid a certification of product content.

    (e)    The city manager is authorized to designate certain post consumer recycled materials for use in city projects to demonstrate and encourage the use of these products.  Wherever possible, markers shall be erected listing the recycled content of the products.  These products shall not exceed one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) annually.

(Ord. No. 13511, § 1, 11-16-92; Ord. No. 018178. § 2, 7-19-04 )

(Ord. 018178, Amended, 07/19/2004, Prior Text)