States to clean up with green janitorial contract

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Washington and Oregon have adopted a new green janitorial supplies contract that will direct public agencies to purchase supplies that reduce the use of toxic chemicals without raising costs, according to a statement issued this week by Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services and Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services.

The contract addresses low environmental impact cleaning products, tools, equipment, consultation and training, the state agencies said. Oregon negotiated prices with Coastwide Laboratories, Waxie Sanitary Supply, Interline Brands and West Coast Paper for government customers in both states. The new price agreements begin Aug. 1 and may be extended in two-year increments until 2018, according to a news release from agencies in both states.

Oregon Executive Order No. 12-05 calls on state agencies to adopt purchasing policies focused on less-toxic products. Washington Executive Order 04-01 directs state agencies to purchase equipment, supplies and other products that do not contain toxic chemicals unless no feasible alternative exists.