EPP Information for State Agencies
North Carolina state agencies have an environmental
and legislative responsibility to purchase environmentally
preferable products and services. Executive Order 156 and General Statutes
143 require agencies to buy recycled content and environmentally preferable
products and services. This legislation also directs agencies to file an
annual report with the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental
Assistance on their recycling activities and their purchases of recycled content goods and
services. Purchasing recycled content products supports and drives the markets for
the recyclables collected in local recycling programs. For more information, contact
Eckert, (919) 715-6505.
Guidance for North Carolina State Agencies
Executive Order 156 -
A resolution and guidance for state agencies to purchase recycled content and
environmentally preferable products and services. Requires agencies to
establish a program, designate a sustainability officer, purchase only recycled
content paper, and report annually to DPPEA.
143-58: Guidance on purchasing products with recycled content, including recycled content paper and paper product regulations. Purchasing guidance is also included
Annual Recycling and Buy Recycled Reports to the
These reports include state agency efforts for waste reduction and recycling and
recycled content purchasing.
They are required annually by all state agencies. These reports are part of the complete
annual Solid Waste Management Report,
including information about local government solid waste efforts as well.
State Term Contracts: Agencies (including community colleges and universities, as well as local school districts) are required under General Statutes 143-53(a)(2) to purchase from
state contract vendors. Term contracts are convenient to use, as they are negotiated by
the N.C. Division of Purchase and Contract (P&C) for products most often used by
agencies. Also, E-Procurement
is the new online purchasing system P&C provides for agencies and registered
local governments, making purchasing even easier and more efficient. Contracts for specific products or services can also be negotiated here. This site has a wealth of information, including a Purchasing
Manual for state agencies, information about selling
to the government, and a link to view specific recycled
content products available on contract.
State Surplus: The Division of Surplus Property is responsible for the disposal or transfer of all
state-owned property. It offers surplus property received from agencies to other agencies in need, or sells to qualified
nonprofit organizations and the general public. It also recycles oil and antifreeze, paper, wet cell batteries, and computers/monitors.
Correction Enterprises: Agencies must give preference to Department of Correction products in purchasing articles,
products and commodities that are needed and that are manufactured or produced within the
state prison system and offered for sale. Its product categories include city tags, food products, janitorial products, manpower services, metal products, office seating, oils and lubricants, paints and coatings, printing and quick copy service, reupholstery, safety products, signs, textile
products and wood products.
Where else can I shop to meet the buy recycled regulations? Check out the EPP shopping
EPP Policies: Check out some sample policies
that universities and local governments have shared and create your own.
Recycling in State Offices: Raleigh area
offices have recycling programs contracted by the Facilities
Management Division in the Department of Administration. Locations
outside the Raleigh area have to contract for their own recycling programs.
Re-refined oil: State agency purchase guidelines for re-refined oil.