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Herbicides & Pesticides

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The state of California procures a variety of herbicides and pesticides to control weeds and pests. Reducing associated environmental impacts begins with implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan. State pest management practices may include minimizing the use and reliance of chemicals and choosing to procure low toxicity herbicides.

Green Contracts

This contract requires  the vendor to classify  applicable items as low hazard, Tier I, Tier II, Tier III or Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) certified as defined by the following organizations:

  • OMRI Certified Listed product
  • San Francisco Environment (Reduced Risk Pesticide List)

These certifications aid in the evaluation of materials, chemicals and processes and choosing environmentally preferable products. Identifying pesticides in reference to pesticide hazard ratings is a valuable tool in calculating Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credits.

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Contract Name: Herbicides and Insecticides
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-68-13A

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Contract Name: Herbicides and Insecticides
Contract ID/Number: 1-16-68-13B

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The following technical and environmental specifications are incorporated in the state's contract(s) and are linked here for informational purposes only.

Herbicides & Insecticides

Laws, Regulations and Policy


  • California Code of Regulations, Title 3, Division 6, Chapter 2, Subchapter 1 - Pesticide Registration
  • California Code of Regulations, Title 3, Division 6, Chapter 3, Subchapter 2, Article 4 - Storage, Transportation and Disposal

Certifications and Standards

  • OMRI Certification
  • San Francisco Environment Reduced-Risk Pesticide List

Buying Tips

  • Contact your County Agricultural Commissioner for assistance.  Pesticide use may be restricted in some locations.
  • Look for products certified by the OMRI.
  • Review the San Francisco Reduced Risk Pesticide List. Choose products that are the least risk, Tier III. 
  • Choose a pesticide that targets a single species of pests, having minimal impact to other animals.
  • Include container take-back to reduce waste and promote recycling.

References and Resources

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