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Environmentally Preferable Products Index

Below please find links to alphabetical listings of environmentally preferable products available on OSD's Statewide Contracts.

Table of Contents

Alternative Snow and Ice Products

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Alternative Snow and Ice Products

 

Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Supplies - FAC85

 

Facilities Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Industrial Supplies - FAC101

 

Maintenance Repair and Operations Industrial and Building Retail Products - FAC105

 

 

 

Alternative snow and ice products are available in Category 7 of FAC85 and may be available on any of the MRO contracts, if requested. These products provide environmentally preferable alternatives to the use of sodium chloride (salt) for deicing walkways, parking lots, and roadways. For FAC85, all deicers and snowmelt products must be recognized under the US EPA’s Safer Choice labeling program, and some of these products also comply with the Pacific Northwest Snow Fighters Qualified Products List.

 Why replace road salt?
Every winter, millions of tons of road salt used to deice U.S. roads eventually wash away, either when the snow melts or when the spring rains arrive. Salt corrodes vehicles, bridges, and other metal structure, and its accumulation and persistence pose a risk to water quality and the plants, animals, and humans who depend upon the water. In bodies of water, such as lakes, rivers, and local ponds, salt run-off raises the salinity of the water while reducing dissolved oxygen levels, creating conditions that may negatively impact native wildlife. In the soil, salt primarily causes dehydration which leads to foliage damage, but also causes osmotic stress that harms root growth. Particularly high concentrations of sodium and chloride may be found in snow melt, which many animals drink to relieve thirst, potentially causing salt toxicity, including dehydration, confusion, and weakness, among other symptoms, according to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Sciences.

 Additives to road salt, like ferrocyanide which is used as an anti-caking compound in large salt supplies, may have impacts on both the environment and human health due to cyanide ions being released by certain types of bacteria, as well as from exposure to sunlight. In 2003, the US EPA added this compound to its list of toxic pollutants under section 307(a) of the Clean Water Act. Other potential components and impurities of road salt may include calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, aluminum, lead, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, and cadmium as highlighted in the US EPA’s Source Water Protection Practices Bulletin Managing Highway Deicing to Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water.

Alternative Vehicle Technologies

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Alternative Vehicle Technologies

Advanced Vehicle Technology Equipment, Supplies, and Services - VEH102DesignatedDOER

This contract is for the acquisition of advanced vehicle and alternative transportation equipment, hardware, software, and services including, but not limited to:

  • EV charging station equipment, hardware, software, and ancillary services
  • Idle reduction equipment for – heavy equipment; and heavy, medium, and light duty vehicles, including solar auxiliary power systems
  • After-market conversion technologies for all vehicles classes. These systems modify vehicles and engines so they  run on – or may be supplemented by – fuels or technologies other than those for which they were originally designed. Products offered in this category must be certified by one of the following: EPA Clean Alternative Fuel Conversion Systems, California Air Resources Board (CARB), a nationally recognized testing laboratory, or manufacturer certification that includes a warranty protection statement.

Antifreeze - Remanufactured

Contract Title & Links to
Contract User Guides

Product Description for Antifreeze (Remanufactured)
Light, Medium, Heavy Duty OEM & NON-OEM Motorized Vehicle Parts, Refined Motor Oil, Lubricants - VEH96

This contract provides 100%-recycled ethylene glycol in ready-to-use and concentrated forms in one gallon containers, 55 gallon drums, and bulk quantities.

Art and Instructional School Supplies, Environmentally Preferable

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Art and Instructional School Supplies,
Environmentally Preferable

Art and Instructional School Supplies - OFF45

This contract is a Cooperative Purchase Agreement between the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Refer to the Healthy Purchasing for Healthy Schools, A Guidance Memo, Green Cleaning + Five More Product Categories to Help Make Schools Healthier by the Coalition for Healthier Schools on tips to purchase environmentally preferable art supplies. These tips include:

  • Identifying art supplies certified “AP,” meaning they are certified non-toxic, by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI).
  • Choosing “recycled” content.
  • Choosing products without high-hazard chemicals such as lead or asbestos, ketones or xylene, acetone, phthalates, and fragrances (often added to markers).
  • Specify low odor or water-based and fragrance-free when purchasing markers. 

 Art and craft supplies may contain toxic ingredients that, when used or stored in a classroom or play area, may create health risks for some children. Lead, asbestos, and petroleum-based solvents sometimes are used to preserve art products, enhance their colors, or make them easier to apply. These toxic ingredients may trigger acute effects such as asthma attacks or headaches and nausea, especially if used in a poorly ventilated area. Some inks, adhesives, dyes, and clays contain chemicals that may cause adverse health effects in adults after occupational exposure. Children are more sensitive to the negative effects of toxic chemicals.

Bio-based Lubricants, Equipment and Automotive

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Bio-based Lubricants, Equipment and Automotive
Light, Medium, Heavy Duty OEM & NON-OEM Motorized Vehicle Parts, Refined Motor Oil, Lubricants - VEH96

Vegetable oils (bio-based products) are included in several oil/fluid products on this contract. These products, made from corn, canola, soy, and other vegetable oils, are used to produce a wide range of lubricants. The majority of companies manufacturing plant-based lubricants have focused primarily on industrial oils. Within this category, certain applications are best suited for plant-based lubricants, including hydraulic oils, total loss lubricants, metalworking oils, and other general oils.

 The bio-based lubricants on this contract meet Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) product requirements and use the same American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standards as petroleum-based fluids.

 Users are finding that vegetable oils may offer better performance than petroleum oils in some applications, with the added benefits of being less toxic, renewable, and biodegradable, posing a greatly reduced threat to human health and the environment. When spilled, the bio-based products pose no immediate threat to the surrounding environment. Conversely, spilled petroleum may contaminate streams, kill vegetation, harm wildlife, and carry costly remediation costs. 

Biodiesel

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Production Description for Biodiesel
Diesel Fuels: Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and Biodiesel - ENE40 Biodiesel is a renewable fuel made from agricultural resources, vegetable oils, and/or animal fats, that all provide the same amount of energy. Biodiesel reduces particulate matter and tailpipe emissions that impact climate change, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) [although some increase in nitrogen dioxide (NOx) may occur depending on the duty cycle of the engine]. Biodiesel is available in blends of B5, B10, B15, and B20 (20% biodiesel, 80% ULSD when available) for spring and summer months. Biodiesel is nontoxic, biodegradable, and suitable for sensitive environments, making biodiesel spills far less harmful to the environment and much less expensive to clean up than a diesel spill.

Building Materials and Supplies

Contact Title & Links to Contract User Guides

Product Description for Building Materials and Supplies

Building Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) - FAC100

 

Facilities Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Industrial Supplies - FAC101

 

Maintenance Repair and Operations Industrial and Building Retail Products - FAC105

These three contracts include a wider selection of environmentally preferable MRO products for buyers. Vendors are required to label third party certified products in their online catalogs, and have certain restrictions on products and chemicals as described below. It is recommended to choose products with the following environmentally preferable certifications or attributes:   

  • Adhesives- certified to the following standards:
    • Cradle to Cradle (a rating of Silver or higher is preferred)
    • Green Seal
    • SCS FloorScore or Indoor Advantage Gold
    • UL EcoLogo or GREENGUARD Gold
    • Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label Plus
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Lead free products
  • Re-refined motor oil and biobased lubricants
  • Motors - certified with the National Electronic Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Premium Energy Efficient Motors Program
  • Products with recycled content
  • Solvents and degreasers - certified by GreenSeal or UL Ecologo
  • Water Efficient products - certified by EPA’s WaterSense program
  • Wood/Lumber Products - FSC-certified (for sustainable forestry) and Mass Grown and plastic lumber that contains post-consumer recycled content. 

 Specifications:

FAC100: vendors on this contract are required to offer environmentally preferable products in all categories, in addition to mandatory specifications as summarized below. For a full description of the specifications view Attachment A: Specifications the FAC100 MBPO :

Cat #

Category Name

EPP Product/Services Available

1

Electrical and Lighting Products and Supplies

•Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and efficient fluorescent lighting are available – while standard incandescent and compact fluorescent (CFLs) are not. CFLs are more efficient than incandescent but they include a trace amount of mercury, which poses a health and disposal challenge so CFLs have been eliminated from the contract. 

•All LED luminaires, fixtures, and lamps with integrated drivers sold under this contract must be currently on one of the following lists: Design Lights Consortium, ENERGY STAR, or on the Consortium for Energy Efficiency.

•Tubular Fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and other specialty lamps must meet environmental and warranty requirements. 

2

LED Roadway and Outdoor Lighting

•All fixtures must be Design Lights Consortium certified

•80% of the luminaire material by weight are recyclable at end of life and designed for ease of component replacement and end-of-life disassembly

•Fixtures have a seven-year warranty and comply with multiple standards.

3

Plumbing and Heating Products and Supplies

•Includes EPA Water$ense products including toilets, urinals (including waterless options), faucets, showerheads, and landscape irrigation products.

•Includes alternatives to PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) piping, including, but not limited to, low-emitting PVC and CPVC compounds.

4

HVAC and Refrigeration Products and Supplies

•Includes air source heat pumps that meet the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pump (ccASHP) minimum specification.

5

Roofing Products and Supplies:

•Includes sustainable roofing materials (SRMs) made with recycled materials and/or promote the use of renewable energy sources, and/or will reduce energy use for a building by lowering the roof surface temperature and decreasing the amount of heat transferred into the building.

•Choose SRMs that meet or exceed manufacture, installation, and performance requirements as set forth in the most current version of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building standards. Such products should be appropriate for commercial facilities and may include metal roofs with pigmented coatings, asphalt roofs with cooling granules, roof tiles, spray polyurethane foam roof systems, single ply membranes, modified bitumen and other roof coating products, structurally insulated roofing panels, renewable energy generation roofing systems, vegetated roofing systems, or roofing systems that reduce heat island effects.

•SRMs are labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program Roof Product Specifications (Version 2.0 or later).

•Choose products also approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote credible radiative properties of roof materials. Sustainable roofing materials do NOT include vegetative roofing systems.

6

Lumber Products and Supplies

Choose lumber that is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and/ or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) for sustainably grown and harvested lumber. In addition, the Act Relative to Economic Investments in the Commonwealth to Promote Job Creation, Economic Stability, and Competitiveness in the Massachusetts Economy (Chapter 123 of the Acts of 2006) directs the State Purchasing Agent to grant a preference to products of agriculture grown or produced using locally grown products. Such locally grown or produced products shall be purchased unless the price of the goods exceeds the price of products of agriculture from outside the Commonwealth by more than 10%. 

7

Envelope Systems, Products and Supplies

Insulation: choose insulation that is compliant with the EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for building insulation and meets ASTM D 5359, Glass Cullet Recovered from Waste for Use in Manufacture of Glass Fiber standard.

Structural Fiberboard: choose structural fiberboard that is compliant with the EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Structural fiberboard and meets ASTM Standard Specification C 208 and ANSI/AHA specification A194.1.

8

Concrete and Masonry Products and Supplies

Ask for alternative concrete, and masonry products that includes at least 15-25% fly ash. In addition, cement, concrete and flowable fill must comply with the following:

Cement and Concrete: must comply with EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines For Cement and Concrete which incorporate recycled content including coal fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBF slag), cenospheres, or silica fume.  

Flowable Fill: must comply with the EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for Flowable Fill.

9

Paint Products and Supplies

All non-recycled paints must be certified to the Indoor Air Quality portion of California Section 01350 standard or the following: 

  • California High Performance Schools (CHPS) Low Emitting Materials (LEM) Table
  • Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) Gold Indoor Advantage Certification
  • GREENGUARD Product Emission Standard for Children & Schools™

 The following are prohibited ingredients for non-recycled paints:

  • 1,2-dichlorobenzene
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)
  • Formaldehyde-donors
  • Heavy metals, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and antimony in the elemental form or compounds.
  • Phthalates
  • Triphenyltins (TPT) and tributyl tins (TBT) 
  • PCBs
  • Triclosan

It is recommended to choose paints that have the following certifications:

  • MPI Extreme Green (X-Green) sets a maximum VOC limit of 50 grams/liter and requires the products to be low-emitting (e.g., compliant with California Section 03150 testing requirements)
  • GPS-2 sets a maximum VOC limit of 50 grams/liter
  • GPS-1 VOC limits by paint/coating category.
  • UL Ecologo
  • UL 102 - 2012 Silver - Standard for Sustainability for Door Leafs
  • UL 2760 - 2011 Standard for the Sustainability for Surface Coatings: Recycled
  • UL 2767 - 2011 Standard for the Sustainability for Paint and Varnish Remover
  • UL 2818 - 2013 GREENGUARD Gold Standard for Chemical Emissions for Building Materials, Finishes, and Furnishings
  • Cradle to Cradle bronze, silver, gold, or platinum levels.

10

Environmentally Preferable Products

All products approved in this category are environmentally preferable.

FAC101:

• Vendors are required to comply with all of the above FAC100 specifications.

• Vendors selling cleaning products on this contract must comply with the FAC85: Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Supplies specifications.

Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment, and Supplies, Environmentally Preferable

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment, and Supplies, Environmentally Preferable
Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment & Supplies - FAC85

This is a multi-state “all green” contract led by the Commonwealth with 12 categories of environmentally preferable cleaning products, equipment, and supplies that also includes green cleaning technologies. The green chemicals and janitorial paper products included in this contract are required to be “Independently Third-Party Certified,” which means that the environmental claims, as well as the product’s performance, have been tested and certified by an established and legitimate, nationally recognized third-party certification program. The only chemicals without such certification are the disinfectants and various sanitizers, for which no third-party certification is available. The Commonwealth’s Toxics Reduction Task Force developed specifications for greener disinfectants and sanitizers, and these specifications were used in this contract. In addition, vendors were selected for their ability to provide assistance in transitioning eligible entities to green cleaning programs.

The categories of products and services and their required specifications are noted below:

Cat #

Category Name

EPP Product/Services Available

1

General Purpose Cleaners

GreenSeal, UL Ecologo, and US EPA’s Safer Choice

2

Other Floor Maintenance Chemicals

GreenSeal, UL Ecologo

3

Disinfectants and Sanitizers

Commonwealth Toxics Reduction Task Force Specifications for greener disinfectants and sanitizers

4

Specialty Cleaners

GreenSeal, UL Ecologo, and US EPA’s Safer Choice

5

Powered Janitorial Equipment & Service

Must meet GreenSeal 42 Standards

6

General Cleaning Supplies, Equipment, and Service

Various specifications by product type

7

Hand Soaps, Hand Sanitizers, and Personal Care Products

GreenSeal and UL Ecologo

8

De-Icing and Snowmelt Products

US EPA’s Safer Choice

9

Waste/Recycling/Composting Liners

BPI Certification for compostable liners, and various specifications for plastic liners

10

Disposable Janitorial Paper Products

GreenSeal and UL Ecologo 175

11

Entryway and Other Matting Systems

Recycled content and PVC-free

12

Microfiber Cleaning Service

Various specifications

 A full list of in-depth specifications may be found in Attachment A: Mandatory Specifications and Desirable Criteria in the FAC85 Master MBPO listed in COMMBUYS. To access policy information, guidance, and case studies concerning green cleaning products, visit the EPP Green Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Supplies webpage.    

Clothing, Environmentally Preferable

Contract Title & Link to Contract User Guides Product Description for Clothing, Environmentally Preferable 
Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear, Accessories and Personal Care Products  - CLT08

This contract includes a category for “environmentally preferable clothing.” Items in this category may be made with recycled materials (e.g. recycled polyester and/or PET plastic); organically grown cotton, be bleached without the use of chlorine, or similar environmental attributes. Contact vendors to request additional information on the products provided. 

Such products typically represent a significant energy savings in the manufacturing process and may not require dry cleaning, which may help reduce the use of toxic chemicals.

Compostable/Bio-degradable Dishware Supplies

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Compostable/Bio-degradable Dishware Supplies 
Foodservice Supplies & Equipment, Institutional Commercial Grade, Large & Small - GRO35

This contract provides grocery-related items/foodservice supplies such as cups, napkins, plates, straws, trays, toilet paper, paper towels, forks, spoons, knives, among others. Products that are biodegradable/compostable offer an environmentally preferable and sustainable alternative to conventional disposable foodservice ware. Biodegradable products may be made from fibers, resins, or other materials that may be composted in most municipal and/or industrial composting facilities and comply with the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) d6400-99 specifications for compostable plastics and ASTM d6868 specifications for biodegradable plastic coatings on paper and other compostable substrates. Acceptable third-party Certifications for compostable foodservice ware include:

Computers, Desktops and Laptops, new, used and refurbished

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Computers, desktop and laptops, new, used and refurbished 
IT Hardware and Services - ITC47

ITC47 covers a broad range of computer equipment and related services and requires products to be registered with the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). EPEAT is a procurement tool designed to help large volume purchasers evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, laptops, and monitors based upon their environmental attributes as specified in the consensus-based IEEE Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. The principles of EPEAT are:

  • Design for the environment and human health by elimination or reduction of harmful constituents, use of recycled and bio-based materials, and design for recyclability and upgradeability.
  • Energy efficiency and user health through Energy Star compliance and minimized health risks for users.
  • Safe and environmentally sound end-of-life (EOL) management using take-back and management services with emphasis on reuse, recycling, and safe materials management.
  • Manufacturer responsibility by complying with environmental regulations and pollution prevention techniques, eco-labels, third-party certifications, and disclosures regarding the use of toxic materials.

In addition to EPEAT registration, this contract requires that all equipment covered by Energy Star be shipped with the power management features enabled. All vendor technical support, maintenance, and integration personnel also are required to ensure Energy Star functionality is turned on and is functioning. The contract also requires vendors to provide take-back of products at the end of their useful life, whether for free or for a fee. In addition, Category 3 of ITC47 allows for the purchase of re-furbished computers.

 

Copiers, Printers, Scanners and Multifunctional Devices

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Copiers, Printers, Scanners and Multifunctional Devices
Copiers, Printers, Scanners, and Related Devices and Service - ITC66

This contract covers the purchase, lease, or rental of energy-efficient copiers, printers, digital duplicators, scanners, faxes, and related services and supplies. Equipment available on this contract has a variety of environmental attributes that are beneficial for the environment, and are associated with measurable cost savings from reduced paper and energy usage:

  • EPEAT Bronze Registration: All copiers, multifunctional devices, printers, and scanners must meet the Electronic Procurement Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) EPEAT Bronze registration or higher to be sold on the contract. 
  • Remanufactured Equipment: Remanufactured copiers are available for purchase and undergo extensive refurbishing after a period of use before they are offered for resale or rental. With remanufactured equipment, the features, functions, and model number remain the same. Under the terms of the contract, remanufactured equipment is held to the same performance standards as new equipment
  • Remanufactured Toner Cartridges: There is a wide selection of high-performing third-party certified remanufactured toner available on this contract. In addition, the Joint Enterprise Printer Cartridge Acquisition Policy, issued by the Operational Services Division and the MassIT (now the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security (EOTSS)) on October 31, 2012, requires all Executive Department agencies and Non-executive Department agencies using commonwealth information technology capital funds to purchase remanufactured laser print toner cartridges when available. The policy is aimed at increasing the purchase and use of remanufactured laser printer cartridges throughout the Commonwealth agencies by 40% during Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) and by a minimum of 10% annually thereafter. Visit the EPP Program’s Remanufactured Toner Cartridge webpage for more information and guidance on purchasing remanufactured toner cartridges. 
  • Toner Cartridge Return: All vendors provide no-charge methods of returning empty cartridges.   
  • Networking Capabilities: The vast majority of copying equipment available on the contract may be connected to a computer network and serve as a printer. Note that prints produced by networked copiers are less expensive.
  • Multifunctional Capabilities: Most of the equipment available performs more than one office function, including scanning to email and scanning to computer memory. Review the additional capabilities of the equipment and use them to reduce paper usage and make document storage and retrieval easier.
  • Energy-saving Features: All equipment is required to be delivered with energy-saving features enabled. The vast majority of models are Energy Star-compliant. Ensure that the energy saving features are properly installed and remain enabled as the equipment is used.
  • Duplex Copying and Printing: Copiers with speeds faster than 15 copies per minute, printers faster than 21 pages per minute, and fax machines that prints six pages per minute must have duplexing features. 

Set duplexing as the default mode for all equipment when available. Notify staff about the change and educate them about making single-sided copies and prints only when necessary. This practice typically results in savings of at least 10-30% on office paper compared to offices where double-sided copying is available but not set as a default.

Electrical and Lighting Supplies and Equipment, Energy Efficient

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Electrical and Lighting Supplies and Equipment, Energy Efficient

Building Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) - FAC100

 

Facilities Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO) Industrial Supplies - FAC101

Maintenance Repair and Operations Industrial and Building Retail Product - FAC105

 

All MRO contracts provide a wide variety of energy efficient electrical lighting products and supplies, including Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), materials and services, LED exit signs, LED Roadway and outdoor area lighting, and a variety of value-added services. Many of the products and services available on the contract are associated with significant energy and cost savings. Specifications are listed above in the Building Materials and Supplies Descriptions for FAC100, FAC101, and FAC105.

 Value Added: 

Many of the vendors will perform a free energy audit, identify opportunities to convert to more efficient lighting equipment, and recommend energy-saving practices. While retrofits come at an upfront cost, the resulting energy savings cover the upfront cost within a short period of time. The vendors also obtain utility rebates that further reduce the cost of the retrofits. Many vendors also provide bulb and lighting fixture recycling. State agencies should contact the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance or the Leading by Example program to identify technical and financial assistance opportunities. 

Fertilizers, Organic and Other Environmentally Preferable Landscaping Applications

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Fertilizers, Organic and Other Environmentally Preferable Landscaping Applications

Landscaping Products, Parks and Recreation Equipment and Related
Products, Supplies and Service - FAC104

This contract includes liquid Certified Organic fertilizers, plant stimulants, and soil amendments (compost and mulch). Certified organic means it is uses a nationally recognized certifying body such as the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and National Organic Program (NOP). Vendors for these products will meet with your facility individually to provide an overview of the products and process and assist with the implementation of a program.                                      

Certified organic fertilizers are carbon-based compounds made from natural materials are non-toxic, biodegrade, and do not contain chemical pesticides or herbicides. Organic fertilizers add organic matter that helps soils retain moisture and nutrients, which are beneficial for plant health.

Floorcoverings and Accessories

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Floorcoverings and Accessories

Floorcoverings and Accessories, Floorcovering Installation, Maintenance and Repairs - FAC98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of the products offered on this carpet and flooring contract require mandatory third party environmental certifications. Contractors have disclosed chemicals and ingredients, identified product labeling capabilities and whether product lines have an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).  View the price sheets listed in COMMBUYS to identify specific products meeting these requirements:

  • Carpet: NSF/ANSI‐140® Standard (most recent version) OR Certified by the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute at the Silver achievement level or higher.
  • Adhesives: must be:
    • Green Seal, UL EcoLogo , Scientific Certifications Systems (SCS) FloorScore, UL GREENGUARD Gold, Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label Plus, SQ certified OR
    • Comply with the VOC limit (50) established in Rule 1168 by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and may not contain chemicals on the Proposition 65 List OR
    • Not be listed by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) as an asthmagen.
    • It is also desirable to offer “no glue” installations, which would eliminate the VOCs from installation.
  • Carpet Cushion: must meet one of the following third party certifications - Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus, Scientific Certification System’s FloorScore, UL GREENGUARD Gold, Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Innovation Institute (at the Silver level or higher) and it is desirable to meet the EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for recycled content. 
  • Hard Surface Flooring: Must be certified by one of the following - Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute at the Silver Level or Higher, Scientific Certification System (SCS) Under Its FloorScore Standard, UL GREENGUARD Gold, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and it is desirable to be made from 30% post-consumer recycled content.
  • Resilient Flooring:  must meet a number of American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) requirements.

Foodservice Equipment, Environmentally Preferable

Contract Title & Link to Contract User Guides Product Description for Foodservice Equipment, Environmentally Preferable

Foodservice Supplies and Equipment, Institutional Commercial Grade Large and Small- GRO35 

This contract includes large and small commercial grade foodservice equipment registered with the EPA’s Energy Star and Water$ense programs. This includes dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers, fryers, ice makers, griddles, ovens, holding cabinets, and steam cookers that use less energy and water.

Furniture, Environmentally Preferable and Remanufactured

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Furniture, Environmentally Preferable and Remanufactured

Office, School and Library Furniture, Accessories & Installation- OFF38

The Commonwealth’s Environmentally Preferable Products Procurement Program partnered with the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) to develop a new resource to help buyers find “greener” furniture options. In most cases, environmentally preferable furniture is cost-neutral or may provide a cost savings for the buyer. Resources may be found on the EPP Furniture webpage and include Guidance for Environmental Preferable Furniture: Review of Chemicals of Concern and Certifications & Standards, and a Table that identifies more than 350 lines of furniture available on contract that have been manufactured with limited amounts or none of the following chemicals/materials: 

  • Formaldehyde and other Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions
  • Antimicrobials
  • Flame retardants
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals used as stain/water/oil resistant treatments

Currently, these chemicals are not restricted from use on this contract, but they are toxic or hazardous and have documented indoor air quality, environmental, and/or health concerns as reviewed in the Guidance document. The table also identifies third-party certifications or other environmental standards applicable to furniture that may be of interest to large volume buyers who specify these certifications or standards in their bids.

Issues to Consider When Purchasing Office Furniture: Environmental attributes vary by product type, product line, and by manufacturer. To ensure that you select the healthiest furniture options, use these four recommendations to help guide your purchasing decisions:

  1. Chemicals/Products of Concern: Ask the vendor to assist in selecting options that do not contain indoor air contaminants including formaldehyde and other VOCs, flame retardant chemicals, fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). If flame retardants are required, specify the use of “non-halogenated” flame retardant chemicals, meaning they don’t contain bromine or chlorine.
  2. Fabric Choice: Ask the vendor to help you identify fabrics free of fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, PVC, and/or flame retardants. Proper fabric choice is essential to ensure a healthier product.
  3. Recycled content: Ask the vendor if recycled content is used in any component of the product and, if so, ask if they know the source of the recycled content and if they can confirm whether it contains any of the identified chemicals of concern. While the use of recycled content generally is a positive environmental attribute, the use of recycled content plastics has the potential to introduce one or more of the chemicals of concern into the product.
  4. Verification: Ask your vendor for verification of third-party certifications or compliance to any claimed attributes. Many of the vendors awarded under OFF38 incorporate the following sustainable principles and practices into their design and manufacturing processes. You are encouraged to support their sustainable efforts wherever possible.

 Flame Retardant Fire Codes in Massachusetts: Flame retardant chemicals are semi-volatile organic compounds that migrate out of the products and into the air and reside in existing dust. Many flame retardant chemicals have been found to be persistent, bioaccumulative, and/or toxic, and there is growing concern about the impact of these chemicals in our environment. Non-chemical flame retardants, such as appropriate smolder-proof fabric, should be used whenever doing so is compliant with fire safety requirements. Over the last few years, the Massachusetts Fire Code and the City of Boston’s Fire Prevention Code have been amended to allow for certain spaces to choose flame retardant-free furniture and meet the codes. See the Guidance for Environmental Preferable Furniture: Review of Chemicals of Concern and Certifications & Standards for a full explanation of the codes in addition to information on health and environmental effects and alternatives for those seeking to minimize flame retardants in furniture.   

Remanufactured: Some of the vendors offer remanufactured furniture – which complies with all of the specifications and warranties as new. Remanufacturing is the rebuilding of a product to the specifications of the original manufactured product using a combination of reused, repaired, and new parts. It requires the repair or replacement of worn out or obsolete components and modules and is a very cost effective alternative to new.

Heating Oil, B5 Bio-heat

Contract Title & Links to Contract User Guides Product Description for Heating Oil, B5 Bio-heat
No.2 Heating Oil - ENE45

B5 Bioheat® is traditional home heating oil (No.2 Heating Oil) blended with 5% biofuel. Biofuel is composed of or produced from biological raw materials — vegetable oils, animal fats, or used cooking oils – as opposed to fossil fuel. Bioheat® may be used in home heating oil equipment in exactly the same manner as standard heating oil with no equipment modifications needed. Bioheat® is regulated by BQ-9000, a voluntary quality control program for vendors and manufacturers that requires all batches to be tested for compliance with ASTM D6751 and includes storage, sampling, testing, blending, shipping, distribution, and fuel management best practices. Bioheat® is available in Zones 1, 2, and 3 for will-call only with a minimum 500 gallon delivery.

Hospital Supplies, Remanufactured or Used

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GPO for Medical Commodities & Equipment - HSP39

This contract offers a broad range of hospital equipment from numerous vendors. Within the list of items awarded to each vendor, remanufactured and/or used equipment is offered upon request and otherwise on an “as available” basis. Depending on equipment and manufacturers, these items often carry a different warranty than if purchased new. Product pricing/Cost savings on remanufactured and used equipment may range from 10-50% depending on equipment and vendor.  

Equipment available as remanufactured and/or used includes:

  • Lifts and Transfer Devices
  • Bathing Systems, Rehab
  • Alarm Systems/Accessories
  • Stretchers, Wheelchairs
  • Bed: Medical/Surgery/Specialty Equipment
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Specialty Equipment, Furnishings
  • Overweight Patient Equipment

 Value-added services include battery exchange/recycling and mercury reduction programs.

Landscaping Products, Environmentally Preferable

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Landscaping Products, Parks and Recreation Equipment and Related Products, Supplies and Service - FAC104

This contract offers a number of native plants, organic products, and products containing post-consumer recycled materials. Recycled content requirements mirror those required by the Federal Government and may be viewed at www.sftool.gov.

Cat #

Category Name

EPP Product/Services Available

1

Nursery Products

Native and low water plants

2

Turf and Landscape Products

Native seeds, water conservation supplies, LED lighting supplies

3

Compost and Mulch

Compost is a soil amendment that assists with soil structure, water retention, and erosion control. Mulch is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, and keep the soil cool. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility as they decompose. Compost is required to meet mandatory specifications and be tested to meet the specifications as outlined in the Request for Responses

4

Soil Aggregate Products

Recycled or reused aggregate products

5

Fertilizer

Includes liquid organic fertilizers, organic plant stimulants, and organic soil amendments that are certified organic by nationally recognized certifying bodies such as the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and National Organic Program (NOP). Products may be applied with no adverse impact to human health and they will not compromise water supplies. Products may enhance plant growth and rebuild soil quality to improve deeper rooting and penetration of water and nutrients. Improved plant health also results in increased resistance to pests. Vendors for these products will meet with your facility individually to provide an overview of the products and process and assist with the implementation of a program.   

Many vendors provide soil testing and some provide take-back and recycling services for packaging.

6

Playground Equipment

Made from plastic contains at least 90% PCRC, plastic composite at least 50% PCRC

7

Playground Surfaces

Made from rubber or plastic contains at least 90% PCRC

8

Site Furnishing/Amenities

Benches and picnic tables to contain at least: plastic 90% PCRC, plastic composite 50% PCRC, aluminum 25% PCRC, concrete 15% PCRC, Bike racks made from HDPE to contain 100% PCRC, and steel at least 25% PCRC

9

Sports and Fitness Equipment

Running tracks to contain at least 90% PCRC

10

Outdoor Shelter/Shade Structures

Recycled content composites

13

Fencing, Railing, Decking , Partitions and Lockers

Plastic fencing to contain at least 60% PCRC, plastic shower partitions to contain at least 20% PCRC

14

Related Specialty EPP Products

Products in this category must be made with recycled materials and be less toxic or provide one or more additional environmental benefits compared to competing products and materials serving the same purpose. Such EPPs may include, but not be limited to: timbers or other products made with recycled plastic, erosion control bales made with recycled materials, less toxic athletic marking paint, and other similar products.

Lawns and Ground Equipment

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Lawns & Ground Equipment, Parts and Services - FAC88

This contract includes energy efficient equipment and those that use alternative fuels (e.g. compressed natural gas, battery electric) which offer an opportunity for reduced fuel usage, reduced or zero-emissions, reduced maintenance chemicals all contributing to reduced environmental and health impacts. In particular, Category 5: Utility Vehicles, Golf Carts, and Related Accessories includes electric carts and Category 13: Environmentally Preferable includes a selection of commercial grade battery electric mowers, blowers, and other handheld equipment.  

Some of the benefits of using battery electric equipment includes:  

Environmental benefits:

  • Helping the Commonwealth meet its environmental goals in climate change, clean air, and toxics use reduction
  • Reduction in carbon emissions, toxic exposure, air pollution, hazardous waste, and spills
  • Reduction in noise pollution and nuisance complaints
  • Reduction in wildlife and habitat exposure to toxic emissions, excessive noise, and ground-sourced particulates
  • Does not contribute to smog

Health benefits:

  • Reduction in worker exposures to toxic emissions, excessive noise, excessive vibrations, and ground sourced particulates
  • Reduction in public exposure to toxic emissions, excessive noise, and ground-sourced particulates

Cost benefits:

  • Avoided fuel costs
  • Lower maintenance costs and reduction in maintenance chemicals
  • The possibility for extended work hour options and holiday operation due to lower noise levels

Motor Oil, Re-Refined and Other Bio-based Lubricants

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Motorized Vehicle Parts, Re-Refined Motor Oil, Remanufactured Antifreeze, and Other Lubricant - VEH96

This contract includes re-refined motor oil, bio-based marine/specialty oils, hydraulic oil, gear oil, and brake fluids in addition to remanufactured antifreeze. Choose bio-based, remanufactured and considered biodegradable and derived from non-petroleum sources.   

Specifications

  • Re-refined motor oils are certified by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and meet International Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee (ILSAC) requirements.
  • Warranties must provide for the full-cost replacement of all equipment that is damaged as direct result of oil that does not meet the required performance specifications when used appropriately.
  • Other oils and lubricants, including bio-based items, are certified to meet the appropriate American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards and manufacturers’ specifications and are available in various quantities.
  • Vendors are required to take back empty drums at no additional charge. 
  • Vendors offer a variety of sizes, including 300-gallon storage tank for motor oil products.  

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, re-refined oils are recycled, and, therefore, help reduce the depletion of natural resources by using less crude oil; it only takes one gallon of used oil to make 2.5 quarts of re-refined oil; whereas it takes 42 gallons of crude oil to make 2.5 quarts of virgin oil.

Office Supplies

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Office Supplies, Recycled Paper and Envelopes - OFF47

This contract provides office supplies containing hundreds of items made with recycled content and other environmentally preferable attributes. 

  • 30% post-consumer recycled content for all copy paper, some other papers, and most envelopes
  • Recycled copy paper must function properly in all copiers, fax machines, laser printers, ink jet printers, offset presses and high speed production devices
  • Additional recycled content requirements for various other office supply products including boxes, calendars, file
    folders, index cards, mailing tubes, binders, clip boards, picture frames, trash and recycling containers (see requirements located in Appendix A: Specifications of the Request for Responses)
  • Markers must be listed on the Art and Creative Materials Institute Certified Products List
  • Breakroom supplies must meet the specifications outlined in the FAC85: Environmentally Preferable Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Supplies contract
  • Vendors are required to label the environmentally preferable product claims by including the ecolabel icon and/or the
    certification or standard in their catalog in order to help users easily identify them (e.g. post-consumer recycled content, third-party certifications, reduced toxic substances, or using less energy/water).

Organic Foods, Dairy, and Baked Goods

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Prime Grocers - GRO30

Dairy Products - GRO36

Baked Goods - GRO37

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Laws allows OSD to provide preference for locally sourced products and a 10% variance on price (Section 23b: Preference for products grown in or produced from products grown in commonwealth). All grocery contracts provide various selections of certified organic and locally sourced groceries/food, dairy, and baked good products.

Plastic Lumber, Recycled

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Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Products, Supplies and Equipment - FAC101
 


Landscaping Products, Parks and Recreation Equipment and Related Products, Suppliers and Service - FAC104

 

Maintenance Repair and Operations (MRO) Industrial and Building Retail Products - FAC105

Plastic or plastic composite lumber and supplies are available on two of the MRO contracts, and the FAC104 contract. Up-front costs may be higher than wood, however, product benefits make it the material of choice for exterior applications where weather resistance and low maintenance costs are required. FAC104 has specific furnishings required to use post-consumer recycled content such as playground equipment, site furnishings, and outdoor shelter and shade structures, in addition to fencing, railing, decking, and partitions, and may be found in the FAC104 description.  

Benefits of Plastic Lumber

  • Non-porous - will not splinter, peel, rot, crack, split, or degrade;
  • Impervious to wood-destroying organisms;
  • Virtually maintenance free;
  • Long lasting (50 years+, depending on the application);
  • Waterproof;
  • Graffiti- and stain-resistant and easy to clean;
  • Resistant to cold, salt, and most corrosive substances;
  • Available in many colors and requires no painting or sealing;
  • Durable: lasting 15-20 years in underwater applications and more than 50 years in construction applications; and
  • Free of hazardous chemicals and cannot leak or contaminate soil.

Plumbing, Heating, and HVAC Supplies

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Building MRO - FAC100 

 

Facilities MRO and Industrial Supplies - FAC101

 

MRO Industrial and Building Retail Products - FAC105

These contracts contains many plumbing, heating, and HVAC supplies that meet the EPA’s Water$ense certification including toilets, urinals (with waterless options), faucets, showerheads, water bottle refill stations, and landscape irrigation products. In addition, vendors have been asked to provide an alternative to PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) piping, including, but not limited to, those containing low-emitting PVC and CPVC compounds.

 

 

 

 

Printed Promotional Products, Environmentally Preferable

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Print, Copy & Mail Services and Printed Promotional Products - OFF44

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This contract includes a list of vendors who provide printing, copying, and printed promotional items. Copy shops and commercial printers are required to use copy paper with a minimum of 30% post-consumer recycled content, and many other papers require at least 10%. They also offer papers with 50% and 100% post-consumer recycled content. The recycled logo and/or the words “printed on recycled paper” are required to be included on all printed materials with recycled content. Printing facilities on the contract also are required to meet the MassDEP’s Environmental Results Program regulations, which is a cross-program compliance certification. For printed promotional items, ask for products that have any of the following characteristics:    

  • Made with recycled content – preferably post-consumer recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Organic/Biobased
  • Reusable
  • Compostable
  • Biodegradable
  • USA made
  • Made in a manufacturing plant that uses renewable energy

 

Recycling Containers and Compost Bins

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Recycling Containers and Compost Bins - FAC87Designated DEP

 

 

 

 

 

This contract includes a wide variety of containers for various recycling applications including recycling bins, wheeled carts, home composting bins and buckets, public space recycling containers including solar bins, and rain barrels. 

  • All products are required to contain reused or recycled content. Rain barrels are 98% reused and most of the plastic recycling bins, containers, and carts are manufactured with approximately 30% post-consumer recycled plastic.
  • Local vendors available on the contract.
  • The solar-powered trash and recycling compactors handle the equivalent of two or more containers of debris, saving time and labor for staff.

Tire Recycling

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Tires, Tubes and Services - VEH97

Solid Waste and Recycling - FAC86

 

Vendors on the VEH97 contract who remove and replace tires provide recycling of the old tires. Use the FAC86 contract for bulk recycling of tires. Make sure to confirm with the vendor on this contract that tires are recycled and not burned in a waste-to-energy plant. 

Toner Cartridges, Remanufactured

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Copiers, Printers, Scanners, and Related Devices and Service - ITC66

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remanufactured toner cartridges represent significant (30-60%) cost savings over competing OEM products, reuse empty plastic casings, reduce the amount of waste going to disposal, and reduce the need for manufacturing new plastics.  

  • Vendors will take back all used cartridges for recycling.
  • Remanufactured supplies available under this contract comply with stringent remanufacturing processes and product quality specifications.
  • All remanufactured printer toner cartridges are guaranteed to meet OEM standards and are certified to meet all test methods developed and used by the printer cartridge industry.
  • The products carry satisfaction guarantees.
  • Vendors also are responsible for making any necessary repairs and/or replacements for any printers or parts damaged by a faulty cartridge. 

For Executive Agencies

The ITD/OSD Enterprise Printer Cartridge Acquisition Policy was enacted on October 27, 2012, and requires all Executive Branch Agencies (and encourages others) to purchase only remanufactured laser printer toner cartridges where they are available for existing equipment models. Details of the policy may be found on the EPP Remanufactured Toner Cartridge resource page, along with other resources and departmental case studies on remanufactured toner cartridge use.

Trash Bags, Plastic, Imprinted, Recycled

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Solid Waste and Recycling Services - FAC86

 

This contract provides plastic trash bags with customized printing options. All bags are made of 100% low-density polyethylene LDPE, contain a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, and are available in a range of colors. Commonwealth cities and towns that operate user-fee (Pay-As-You-Throw) programs may purchase from this contract.

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel

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Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel and Biodiesel - ENE40

 

 

 

Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) describes an EPA standard for the sulfur content in on-road diesel fuel sold in the U.S. The allowable sulfur content for ULSD (15 ppm) is much lower than the previous U.S. standard for Low Sulfur Diesel (LSD, 500 ppm), which further reduces emissions of sulfur compounds (blamed for acid rain). ULSD also may be used with emission control retrofit devices that greatly reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen and particulates that may contribute to asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

 

Vehicle Parts, Remanufactured Motorized Parts

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Light, Medium, Heavy Duty OEM & NON-OEM Motorized Vehicle Parts, Refined Motor Oil, Lubricants - VEH96

 

 

 

 

 

This contract establishes a list of vendors to provide motorized vehicle parts, accessories, and supplies. Many of these supplies are remanufactured. Ask the vendor about remanufactured parts when ordering. 

The following is a list of motorized vehicle parts that are most likely to be remanufactured or have a remanufactured option:  

Air brake compressors

Clutches

Fuel pumps

Starters

Air conditioning compressors

Constant velocity drive axles

Generators

Transfer case motors

Air dryers

Crankshafts

Headlamp motors

Transmissions

Alternators

Cruise control products

Intake manifolds

Truck brake shoes

Antifreeze (recycled)

Cylinder heads

Mass air flow sensors (MAFs)

Turbo chargers

Anti-lock brake systems (ABS)

Distributors

Master cylinders

Vacuum pumps

Batteries

Engine control computers (ECCs)

Motor oil (re-refined)

Water pumps

Blower motors

Engine control modules (ECMs)

Power steering gear boxes

Window lift motors

Brake boosters

Engines

Power steering pumps

Wiper motors

Brake calipers

Flywheels

Rack and pinion units

 

Brake valves

Fuel injector pumps

Rear axles

 

Carburetors

Fuel injectors

Smog pumps

 

 

Vehicles, Alternative Fuel

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Light Duty Vehicles – Passenger Cars, SUVs, Trucks, Vans, SSVs and PPVs - VEH98

  

This contract allows departments and political subdivisions to purchase fuel-efficient hybrid, battery-hybrid, electric, and bi-fuel vehicles for inclusion in their fleets. In 2016, the Fuel Efficiency Standards for State Fleets was issued requiring state agencies to purchase more fuel efficient vehicles and those using advanced technologies while also providing flexibility in meeting these requirements in recognition of diverse agency needs and changing technologies. It is recommended that MPG be taken into consideration when seeking vehicle replacement. Additionally, a review of possible tax incentives and/or Green Community initiatives should be considered in the decision making for a new vehicle.

Water: Bottled, Emergency Bottled, Water Filtration Services, Reverse Osmosis Systems

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Bottled Water, Emergency Bottled Water, Water Filtration Services, Reverse Osmosis with available Services and Supplies - GRO34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This contract covers drinking water needs. Categories include bottled water, bottle-less water systems, and emergency bottled water (potable and non-potable). All bottles are BPA-free, and either reused or easily recyclable in a facility or municipal recycling program.   

Bottle-less Systems 
Switching to a bottle-less cooler system may save from 30-70% in monthly water costs, as compared to bottled water delivery for one month through our rental program. Systems also may be purchased with a maintenance agreement. Eliminating messy and cumbersome water bottles also saves time lost to refilling or changing bottles, especially in larger offices. Constantly changing water bottles exposes the water coolers to bacteria and germs, making traditional water coolers a rather unsanitary option. The bottle-less systems are closed, eliminating constant exposure to the environment and people’s hands on the bottle neck with each bottle change. Chances of employee injuries while trying to lift heavy water bottles are eliminated with a bottle-less system. Vendors offer various types of coolers and prices vary with the cooler type.

  • Water Filtration Services - supply single water cooler dispensers from National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)-certified filtration systems and may be installed into the building’s existing potable water supply and, if required, sanitary drainage system by Massachusetts-licensed plumbers.
  • Reverse Osmosis (RO) with Related Services and Supplies - water purification technology that uses a semipermeable membrane to remove larger particles from drinking water. RO water systems supply multiple watercooler dispensers from single central head units. A head unit contains the reverse osmosis membranes and performs the Reverse Osmosis filtration. (Water waste from these systems is three gallons per gallon of water provided).

Water Treatment Technologies, Alternative

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Water Treatment Chemicals and Alternative Treatment Systems - FAC106

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This contract offers alternative water treatment technologies, systems, and related services and includes chemical-free systems for cooling towers, salt water generation technology, and ionization systems for swimming pools, as well as outdoor water fountain treatment systems that may reduce the use of chlorine by up to 70%.  

Pool Alternative Technologies
Over-chlorination is common in public swimming pools because of the high levels of phosphates, which reduce chlorine effectiveness. Phosphates occur naturally in some water but are commonly added by water treatment plants to prevent corrosion in municipal water pipes. Adding a food-grade enzyme to the water reduces the phosphate level and allows chlorine to do its work. Not only is less chlorine needed, it also lasts longer. The following technologies help reduce chlorine use:  

  • Pool Ionization, already in use in some commercial/public swimming pools in Massachusetts, is an environmentally preferable alternative to the traditionally heavy use of chlorine and other chemicals. Ionization as it relates to swimming pools is the process of using a low-voltage current to disperse positively charged copper and silver ions into the water. Since bacteria are negatively charged, the silver and copper ions penetrate the cell walls and help destroy microorganisms. Ionization systems result in a reduction of up to 80% in the use of chlorine.
  • Pool Ozonation breaks down chloramines and mineral and sediment buildup while assuring the elimination of 100% of all bacteria, viruses, algae, and fungi. Ozone is made by passing oxygen through a corona discharge (an electrical discharge that indicates ionization of oxygen and the formation of ozone in the surrounding air). Ozonation technology significantly reduces chlorine use.
  • Salt Water Chlorination is a technology that replaces the use of the hazardous and costly sodium hypochlorite (also known as chlorine bleach) with sodium chloride (also known as salt). Using salt to produce chlorine for pools is safer and cheaper. Salt water chlorination systems are already at work in Massachusetts.

Contact

Phone

Julia Wolfe, Director of Environmental Purchasing 617-502-8836

Address

One Ashburton Place, Room 1017
Boston, MA 02108-1552
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