Chapter 4.20 - County Policy on Purchase and Use of Recycled and Recyclable Products

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4.20.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following words shall be given the following meanings:
"Board" means the Board of County Commissioners of Pueblo County, Colorado.
"County" means Pueblo County, Colorado.
"Office paper" means eight and one-half inches by eleven (11) inches and eight and one-half inches by fourteen (14) inches bond paper for use in photocopying, typing and letterhead.
"Paper products" means paper napkins, towels, toilet tissue, legal pads, post-its, greenbar computer paper, plain computer paper, newsprint, corrugated and other cardboard material, and other pre-prints or printed material.
"Postconsumer waste" means a finished material which would normally be disposed of as solid waste having completed its lifecycle as a consumer item.
"Public project" means any publicly funded contract entered into by Pueblo County or any department or agency thereof.
"Recycled paper" means paper which meets the recommended minimum context standards of selected paper and paper products established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in its final guideline date June 22, 1988, 53 C.F.R. 23546, as amended, with not less than fifty (50) percent of its total weight consisting of ten (10) percent reclaimed fiber including fifty (50) percent postconsumer waste. (Res. 93-227 § A)

4.20.020 Bid preferences--Recycled paper products.

When a contract is to be awarded in a public project, a bidder who has used recycled paper in the manufacture of the commodities or supplies described in the bid shall be allowed a preference of up to five percent as determined by the Pueblo County Director of Purchasing. The Purchasing Director shall award a greater preference in the bid, up to the ten (10) percent maximum, for greater content of recycled and/or postconsumer material included in the bid. Where two or more bidders’ contracts are the same price after adjustment for preference based upon recycled material and postconsumer waste content, the bidder whose bid products contain the most recycled and/or postconsumer material shall be awarded the bid. A bidder shall only receive preference for recycled and/or postconsumer waste material in the bid if the commodities or supplies described in the bid are adequate and suitable for the purposes of the bid. No such preference may be allowed unless the Purchasing Department receives at least two bids on the contract. (Res. 93-227 § B)

4.20.030 County purchases of office paper and paper products.

A. When purchasing office paper and paper products, the County Director of Purchasing may, whenever the price is competitive and the quality adequate for the purpose intended, purchase recycled office paper and paper products as the same are defined in Section 4.20.010.
B. For county fiscal year 1993, the County Director of Purchasing shall ensure that a level of at least fifteen (15) percent of total volume of office paper and paper products purchased by Pueblo County for use during that fiscal year shall contain recycled paper. The level shall increase to at least thirty (30) percent for county fiscal year 1994; to at least forty (40) percent for county fiscal year 1995; to at least fifty (50) percent for county fiscal year 1996, and for each fiscal year thereafter so long as the purchase of office paper and paper products at the levels set forth herein is practicable.
C. Each Pueblo County department using recycled office paper may print the notation "printed on recycled paper" on any office paper or paper product which has been certified by the County Director of Purchasing as recycled paper.
D. When purchasing tires, motor oil, and other products made from recycled materials, the County Purchasing Director shall, whenever the price is competitive and the quality adequate for the purpose intended, award up to a five percent preference to a bidder who supplied retread tires or re-refined motor oil, and other products made from recycled material. No such preference may be allowed unless the Purchasing Department receives at least two bidders on the contract.
E. In furtherance of the county-wide goal to use recycled office paper and paper products, and in order to promote the use and supply of recycled office paper and paper products, Pueblo County, acting by and through the County Director of Purchasing, shall, where practicable and where the quality is adequate for the purpose intended, allow up to a five percent preference to a bidder who uses environmentally friendly ink such as soy ink in the commodities and supplies described in the request for proposals prepared by the county. (Res. 93-227 § C)