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    Making good choices when purchasing food service ware products can be quite complicated. That’s because not all food ware marketed as “compostable” gets composted at the large-scale commercial composting facilities that process our county’s food scraps and food-soiled paper.

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    The next time you stock up on paper for your printer, copy machine, or other office supplies, buy recycled. You’ll help create a demand for the used office paper, old newspapers, and boxes we recycle every day, and you’ll support a wide range of environmental benefits.
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    If you purchase office supplies, you can find many products that are environmentally preferable. These products will have less of an impact on the environment and human health than competing products. For instance, you can help close the recycling loop and create demand for the materials collected for recycling by buying products made from postconsumer recycled paper or plastic.

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    This Fact Sheet provides important information for those wishing to purchase remanufactured toner cartridges. Buying remanufactured toner cartridges and recycling empty cartridges are easy ways to reduce the environmental impact of these products while saving substantial amounts of money.
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    Good news! Environmentally friendly paper towels, bathroom tissue, paper napkins and facial tissue are readily available in Alameda County.

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    This fact sheet can help businesses and institutions find environmentally preferable cleaning products that can handle the same commercial, industrial, and residential cleaning needs as traditional cleansers.

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  • When in Drought ad
    News  |  09/24/2014

    California is in the midst of an extreme drought, and we're all doing our share to save water. But that doesn't mean our yards and gardens have to be barren landscapes.

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    The San Francisco Department of the Environment maintains this list of distributors of compostable products, such as plates, cutlery, and to-go containers. Includes distributors’ contact information.

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    This document gives examples of the types of recycled content products that can be purchased to save the equivalent of one ton of carbon dioxide.

  • Policies   

    These guidelines and tips supplement the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Model Policy. Topics covered include implementation strategies by product category and best practices for program evaluation.

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