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Paper waste is a significant contributor of total waste in the United States. The state buys different types and sizes of paper, made with postconsumer recycled content, as well as paper products with forest sustainability certifications to reduce environmental impacts.

Green Contracts

Green statewide commodity contracts for paper are available for state department use. Visit the following Buying Green web pages for further details:

To assist state departments with the identification of Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) products that meet EPP criteria, the Department of General Services (DGS) EPP program has developed DGS purchasing standards. For paper office supply products other than those found on green statewide commodity contracts, use a DGS purchasing standard.

DGS Purchasing Standards

DGS purchasing standards provide the minimum criteria purchases must meet to be considered EPP, aka “green”, by the state of California. They establish a mechanism for incorporating performance and environmental requirements that meet the state’s environmentally preferable goals, into procurement and policy.

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