60.50 - Recycled Paper

July 1, 2011

Preamble: This policy was implemented in 2011 to align procurement processes with sustainability efforts at the University and to be sensitive to the impact purchases have on the environment.

A. Definitions.

A-1.Post-Consumer Waste: A material or finished product that has served its intended use and has been discarded for disposal or recovery having completed its life as a consumer item.

A-2. Acid Free: Paper products that have had the acid removed from the pulp leaving it with a neutral pH of 7.

A-3. Processed Chlorine Free: Recycled paper in which the recycled content is unbleached or bleached without chlorine or chlorine derivatives. Any virgin material portion of the paper must be unbleached or processed entirely free of chlorine derivatives.

B. Policy. All University of Idaho units are required to purchase office paper with a minimum sustainable specification of acid-free 30% post-consumer waste recycled paper content. In addition, colored paper and paper of other sizes will be purchased as a 30% or higher recycled, acid-free paper. The University strongly supports purchasing the maximum recyclable content possible, up to 100% recycled, Processed Chlorine Free paper. This policy applies to the University Copy Center's regular copiers and printers, but does not apply to any custom print jobs.

C. Process/Procedure. The University's contracted vendors (available from Contracts and Purchasing Services, D below) are aware of the policy and stock appropriate product(s).

D. Contact Information. Assistance in obtaining suitable product or implementation of this policy can be obtained through Contracts and Purchasing Services or the University of Idaho Sustainability Center (Purchasing Services).