Relevant Mandates and Rating Systems
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Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings: New Construction and Modernization
- 50% of waste must be diverted during construction and 50% of non-hazardous materials must be diverted during building operation.
- Provisions must be provided for reuse and recycling services for building occupants.
Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings: Existing Buildings
- Provisions must be provided for reuse and recycling services for building occupants to achieve at least 50% of non-hazardous material diversion.
- The principles encourage 50% diversion of construction and demolition waste when applicable.
Executive Order 13834
Executive Order (EO) 13834, "Efficient Federal Operations", directed Federal agencies to "implement waste prevention and recycling measures and comply with all Federal requirements with regard to solid, hazardous, and toxic waste management and disposal". The EO 13834 Implementing Instructions provide additional detail on how agency performance on waste reduction will be measured and assessed.
Computers for Learning (CFL) and GSAXcess
Computers for Learning (CFL) and GSAXcess: “The CFL program evolved as a guide for implementing Executive Order 12999, Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for all Children in the Next Century. The order encourages agencies… to transfer computers and related peripheral equipment excess to their needs directly to schools and educational nonprofit organizations. The CFL website allows eligible recipients to view and select the computer equipment that federal agencies have reported as excess.
FAR Subpart 23.4
FAR Subpart 23.4 – Use of Recovered Materials and Biobased Products: This policy governs the use of products containing recovered materials and biobased products and considers cost, availability of competition, and performance. Agencies shall assure the use of products containing recovered materials and biobased products to the maximum extent practicable without jeopardizing the intended use of the product while maintaining a satisfactory level of competition at a reasonable price. Such products shall meet the reasonable performance standards of the agency and be acquired competitively, in a cost-effective manner.
EPA Solid Waste Regulations
EPA solid waste regulations: States are authorized, under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), to regulate solid waste and recycling. Find state Solid and Hazardous Waste Programs.
EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle site links to federal regulations and resources to properly recycle batteries, mercury-containing products, carpet, and other products.
Public Law 102-393 40 U.S. Code (USC) 490(g)
Public Law 102-393 40 U.S. Code (USC) 490(g) “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Fund established pursuant to section 490(f) of this title is on and after October 6, 1992, authorized to receive any revenues, collections, or other income received during a fiscal year in the form of rebates, cash incentives or otherwise, related to energy savings or materials recycling efforts, all of which shall remain in the Fund until expended, and remain available for Federal energy management improvement programs, recycling programs, or employee programs as may be authorized by law or as may be deemed appropriate by the Administrator of General Services. The General Services Administration is authorized to use such funds, in addition to amounts received as New Obligational Authority, in such activity or activities of the Fund as may be necessary.