Mercury IMERC Solid
Waste Site
ERP About
About Links Publications Workgroups
site map    member login
Pollution Prevention & Sustainability P2Rx Info Resources Activities Details

Send us your feedback!
Activities Database Home Browse or Search Project Detail  

Environmentally Preferable Products (EPP)

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description A few years ago, the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (MA OTA) was contacted by the Consumer Products Specialty Manufacturers Association (CPSMA) to discuss their concerns that public information relating to household hazardous waste was not scientifically correct. During these meetings, CPSMA mentioned that similar contacts were occurring throughout the country. After the meeting, MA OTA reviewed their household hazardous waste fact sheets and discovered one debatable recommendation. The Agency had mentioned the possibility of using borax as a disinfectant, and although such use is common, it is not listed as a disinfectant under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

This incident inspired OTA to develop scientifically defensible criteria for defining environmentally preferable products (EPP). OTA staff met with the state's purchasing agency, the Operational Services Division, and representatives from other agencies to formulate a contract specification for EPP janitorial cleaners. The group selected cleaning products to create a useful model for other groups of products, and to help reduce a ubiquitous source of pollution and exposure to harmful substances. OTA set mandatory and desirable criteria, and put them out for review. Now they can be downloaded from www.magnet.state.ma.us/osd/enviro/cleaner.htm by clicking on the Comm-PASS link and then clicking on the Request for Response. OTA presented the criteria at a number of forums where industry had a chance to comment.

The state contract for EPP cleaners is not mandatory - that is, state agencies can still buy other cleaners under other state contracts. On the other hand, any subdivision of the state, (i.e., municipalities) can buy these products at the listed price.

Six vendors have qualified under this system, and preliminary surveys have indicated positive results. A user said the new cleaner (Liquid Sunshine, United Laboratories) worked better than anything he has used before.

The existence of the EPP state contract, which is based on carefully designed criteria that have undergone public, industry and peer review, has given OTA the confidence to promote the listed products without fear of favoritism or sloppy science.

More Info mass.gov/portal/index.jsp?pageID=agcc&agid=osd&agca=es&agcc=es_green&s=0&=
Project Contact
Project Keywords
Processes Cleaning
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Activity Keywords Policy/Legislative
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 9 No. 2, Summer 1999 [PDF]


Log In to enable links
Edit This Activity Add New Activity Delete This Activity





NEWMOA is a member of the P2Rx™, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), ESRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), Zero Waste Network (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), and PPRC (Northwest).

The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx™) - A National Network of Regional  Information Centers



Last Modified 09/08/2009

Home  |  Pollution Prevention  |  Mercury  |  IMERC  |  Solid Waste
Hazardous Waste  |  Waste Site Cleanup  |  About NEWMOA  |  NEWMOA Members

Copyright 2018 NEWMOA, Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
89 South Street, Suite 600; Boston, MA 02111-2651;
ph (617) 367-8558
TDD/TTY (857) 265-3934
All Rights Reserved
Comments contact: .