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Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

State Agency Recycling

State Agency Guidance

State agencies are required by the N.C. General Statutes to recycle newspaper, office paper, aluminum cans, and glass and plastic bottles. They also must comply with statewide landfill bans, including fluorescent lights, pallets, and plastic bottles. Agencies would benefit from using the state’s Markets Directory resource to find recycling market options for their materials. Some state agencies, like community colleges or regional offices, may find assistance by reaching out to their local government recycling contacts. DEACS also offers three statewide recycling outreach campaigns that are available to help promote recycling programs.

Furthermore, agencies are mandated by General Statutes and Executive Order to purchase recycled content goods and services.  This is a key component of closing the recycling loop:  purchasing products with recycled content creates markets for recyclable materials.

Find all these resources and more below. Contact Sandy Skolochenko at (919) 707-8147 or for further assistance.

Legislative Guidance

Capital-Area Agency Recycling

State agencies in Raleigh are serviced by a convenience contract administered by the Department of Administration’s Facilities Management Division. Office paper, newspaper, aluminum drink cans, plastic drink bottles, glass containers, glossy materials, and hardback books are collected via this contract. Cardboard is recycled as well under a different contract. Visit Facilities Management Division's Recycling page for more information.

Green Purchasing

EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - Federal agencies are mandated to purchase recycled content products as well.  Visit their CPG site to see a list of the 61 required products in eight categories, along with potential suppliers and specifications guidelines.

EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program - Learn language to specify for environmentally preferable products and services, and how to evaluate green products.  This site also includes a database of green products along with contract language, specifications, policies, and vendors.

Eco-Labels and Standards - In the world of purchasing, mixed messages on lables is an abundant problem.  Visit EPA's site to learn more about label standards.

Greener Choices - This is a Consumer Reports site that helps navigate through labels such as 'natural', 'organic', 'free-range', 'fair trade', and much more.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition 

Center for New American Dream - This non-profit focuses on public education, providing resources on moving beyond consumerism, minimizing purchases and 'stuff'.

Additional Resources

    9 Steps to Start a Recycling Program

    State Surplus - A valuable resource for state agencies, Surplus provides reuse options for diverting materials from the landfill.  Surplus also provides nearly 10 recycling contracts for materials from tires and oil to electronics.  Visit their site for more details.

    Product Stewardship Institute - A nonprofit organization committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. 

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