ENCLOSURE (1) TO CONDTINST 16000.1
Material Advisory Notice(s) that present the range of recovered material content levels within which the designated
recycled items are currently available. These levels shall be updated periodically after publication for comment to
reflect changes in market conditions.
Sec. 503. Guidance for Environmentally Preferable Products. In accordance with this order, EPA shall issue
guidance that recommends principles that Executive agencies should use in making determinations for the preference
and purchase of environmentally preferable products.
(a) Proposed guidance shall be published for public comment in the Federal Register within 180 days after
the effective date of this order, and may be updated after public comment, as necessary, thereafter. To the extent
necessary, EPA may issue additional guidance for public comment on how the principles can be applied to specific
(b) Once final guidance for environmentally preferable products has been issued by EPA, Executive agencies
shall use these principles, to the maximum extent practicable, in identifying and purchasing environmentally
preferable products and shall modify their procurement programs by reviewing and revising specifications,
solicitation procedures, and policies as appropriate.
Sec. 504. Minimum Content Standard for Printing and Writing Paper. Executive agency heads shall ensure
that agencies shall meet or exceed the following minimum materials content standards when purchasing or causing
the purchase of printing and writing paper:
(a) For high speed copier paper, offset paper, forms bond, computer printout paper, carbonless paper, file
folders, white wove envelopes and for other uncoated printing and writing paper, such as writing and office paper,
book paper, cotton fiber paper, and cover stock, the minimum content standard shall be no less than 20 percent
postconsumer materials beginning December 31, 1994. This minimum content standard shall be increased to 30
percent beginning on December 31, 1998. *17
(b) As an alternative to meeting the standards in sections 504(a), for all printing and writing papers, the
minimum content standard shall be no less than 50 percent recovered materials that are a waste material byproduct of
a finished product other than a paper or textile product which would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill, as
determined by the State in which the facility is located.
(1) The decision not to procure recycled content printing and writing paper meeting the standards specified in
this section shall be based solely on a determination by the contracting officer that a satisfactory level of competition
does not exist, that the items are not available within a reasonable time period, or that the available items fail to meet
reasonable performance standards established by the agency or are only available at an unreasonable price.
(2) Each agency should implement waste prevention techniques, as specified in section 402(d) of this order,
so that total annual expenditures for recycled content printing and writing paper do not exceed current annual budgets
for paper products as measured by average annual expenditures, adjusted for inflation based on the Consumer Price
Index or other suitable indices. In determining a target budget for printing and writing paper, agencies may take into
account such factors as employee increases or decreases, new agency or statutory initiatives, and episodic or unique
requirements (e.g., census).
*17 "Executive Order 12873 was amended on March 25, 1996; Federal Register Volume 61, Number 61 of March 28, 1996 as E.O. 12995