Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
Federal, state and local governments spend billions annually on goods and services. Many governments incorporate procurement of recycled products into their general operations. However, many may lack a more comprehensive program that not only encourages recycled content, but also minimizes toxics used and conserves energy, water or other materials. Environmentally preferable purchasing (EPP) is the procurement of products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.
An EPP program product will have one or more of the following characteristics:
- Contain recycled content
- Minimize waste
- Are energy efficient and/or have renewable energy systems
- Contain lower toxicity content
Businesses and non-profit organizations are also able to make a difference through pursuing an EPP program. EPP can save money, improve a company's ability to meet existing environmental goals and improve worker safety and health at the same time. Furthermore, it can reduce liabilities and health and disposal costs.