To demonstrate commitment to upstream reduction of waste as it relates to company’s overall zero waste goal.
Train purchasing agents on the zero waste approach, how to identify environmentally preferred products, and to give preference to these items.
Involve all agencies in the training on zero waste. The purchasing department needs to understand the zero waste program and have regular monitoring procedures that show what they are buying and the impacts on the facility and environment. In every instance, the organization should look to purchase environmentally preferred products. Include training on spotting environmental preferred products, including which symbols or icons to look for. All vendors (e.g., janitorial, landscape) should be required to purchase environmentally preferred product through the Scope of Work. Make available catalogues that staff purchase from with environmentally preferred products.
- Narrative describing training and how purchasing agents are able to identify environmentally preferred products. Narrative should also explain training on preference of these items.
- Documentation of training, if available (manuals, policies, presentations, agendas, handouts).
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