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NYC Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Laws


See: purchasing standards for NYC agencies; environmentally preferable purchasing leaving NYCWasteLess at the Mayor's Office of Contracting Services.

Law: NYC Administrative Code leaving NYCWasteLess (Title 6, Chapter 3: Environmental Purchasing)

Rules: Rules of the City of New York leaving NYCWasteLess (Title 43, Chapter 11: Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program)

Summary: The City Council passed a series of local laws to minimize packaging, meet energy efficiency standards, reduce hazardous substances, and increase recycled content requirements for the purchase of goods and construction products by NYC agencies. The construction aspects of this law are meant to cover goods and services not covered by the NYC Green Building Law. While passed as separate pieces of legislation, these environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) laws were enacted to work in conjunction with one another.

Local Law 118 of 2005 leaving NYCWasteLess establishes a Director of Environmental Purchasing position. The subsequent EPP laws govern the purchase and use of environmentally preferable products, specifically within the categories of packaging (Local Law 51 of 2011), energy and water efficiency (Local Law 119 of 2005), hazardous substances (Local Law 120 of 2005), recycled content (Local Law 121 of 2005), and green cleaning products (Local Law 123 of 2005).

The Rules guiding environmentally preferable purchasing are developed and maintained by the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS) leaving NYCWasteLess.

History: The EPP laws strengthen, consolidate and codify previous laws on environmental purchasing and directives on waste prevention and efficient materials management.

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